As we recently announced, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The August updates released this week include 4 new Work Plan items:

  1. Review of Patient Safety Organization Program, including implementation of the program among hospitals and oversight by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
  2. Duplicate Drug Claims for Hospice Beneficiaries under both the Medicare Part A per diem and drug benefits under Medicare Part D.
  3. Medicare Part B Payments for Psychotherapy Services, including services that were not covered, inadequately documented, or medically unnecessary. This is a follow-up to a prior OIG review.
  4. Reasonableness of Medicare Payments for Ventilation Devices Compared to Open Market due, in part, to the lack of competitive bidding by Medicare for these devices.