Updates to OIG Work Plan
October 27, 2020
by Sean Weiss, Partner & VP of Compliance
OIG has posted an update to their Work Plan. There were several additions for October but one that really stands out is the Medicare Telehealth Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Program Integrity Risks, especially considering all of the changes that took place during the PHE.
Here is what OIG had to say, “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS implemented a number of waivers and flexibilities that allowed Medicare beneficiaries to access a wider range of telehealth services without having to travel to a health care facility. This review will be based on Medicare Parts B and C data and will identify program integrity risks associated with Medicare telehealth services during the pandemic. We will analyze providers’ billing patterns for telehealth services. We will also describe key characteristics of providers that may pose a program integrity risk to the Medicare program.”
You need to take a serious look at your provider documentation for telehealth services to ensure it supports not only the level of service billed but that it is actually billable.
Other items added to the OIG Work Plan can be found at this link: https://oig.hhs.gov/reports-and-publications/workplan/updates.asp
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