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New Enrollment and Re-Validation Requirements for Providers/Suppliers for Participation in Medicare and Medicaid: Watch Your Mail! Part I

Even though the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published final regulations to implement provisions to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) on February 2, 2011, it is likely that many Kentucky health care providers, including physicians, are not aware of the importance of the new requirements for revalidation of Medicare and Medicaid enrollment or the new and more burdensome requirements for initial enrollment. The requirements are aimed at strengthening provider and supplier screening procedures to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse in federal health care programs. Because CMS contractors and KY Medicaid have been slow to comply with these new requirements, it is likely that many providers have not noticed the enrollment/screening changes unless they have been asked to revalidate or have applied for new or additional provider/supplier numbers. More >

Senate Finance Committee Takes an In-Depth Look at Fraud & Abuse

Earlier this week, I discussed the HHS and DOJ Annual Report for the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Program.  HHS and DOJ are not the only ones who are determined to purge the health care industry of its woes.   On January 31, 2013 a group of six current and former members of the Senate Finance Committee released a comprehensive report detailing recommendations on combating waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs. More >

Annual Report Details Record Breaking Success in Health Care Fraud Prevention

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), required the establishment of a national Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (“HCFAC”). The HCFAC Program is a joint Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Health and Human Services (“HHS”) coordination of federal, state and local law enforcement activities to combat fraud committed against all health plans, both public and private. More >

Compliance Plan – A Provider’s Defense

The Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) has always encouraged Medicare and Medicaid providers to implement a compliance program. For 14 years, as a matter of fact, OIG has provided compliance guidance in 11 healthcare sectors (including: hospitals, nursing facilities, home healthcare, hospice and third-party billers). With the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), compliance plans and programs are now mandatory for any provider enrolled in a Federal health care program, including Medicare. More >

Fraud, Waste and Abuse Controls Under The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) strives to improve our health care system in three main areas; by expanding consumer protections, strengthening Medicare and reducing health care costs.  One key way the government hopes to achieve these goals is through tougher fraud and waste controls. Given the focus on prevention, penalty and recovery, compliance plans are of the utmost importance for all health care providers. First we examine all of the elements incorporated in the ACA that pertain to fraud, abuse and waste before we can begin to develop a compliance plan for our facilities. The new law contains a host of tools aimed at enforcing fraud and waste prevention.  Let’s review: More >

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