The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been busy combating fraud and abuse over the last few years the monies it has recovered more than doubled from 2006 to 2010, topping $4 billion in fiscal year 2010 alone.
Although many Medicare billing rules can present challenges for physicians, the incident-to billing rules consistently confound many physicians.
Too many physicians still believe that federal and state fraud authorities are only interested in large health systems and pharmaceutical companies.
Responding to input from medical school deans and residency program directors in a recent survey, the OIG has published a plain-English compliance summary for new physicians entitled Roadmap for New Physicians: Avoiding Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse.
In today's ever-changing health care climate, health care providers are looking for some type of stability.