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Compliance Alert for Providers Operating as Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities

by admin on June 4, 2012 No comments

The Florida Medicaid program does not enroll or reimburse for the services performed by an Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility (IDTF). Medicaid policy allows physicians practicing in an IDTF to enroll as a physician group so that they may only bill Medicaid for the professional component when services are rendered at the IDTF. Florida Medicaid does not reimburse for the technical component or global fee for services performed by an IDTF. This is not a new policy and it applies to both physician-owned and non-physician-owned IDTFs. This notice is being provided to you in anticipation of Agency-conducted audits regarding this policy.

If your practice is performing diagnostic testing, the global fee (or technical component) is only properly reimbursed when your practices’ physicians are also the treating providers (for the patient’s condition that warranted the testing). Physician practices that do not include the treating provider should immediately stop billing Medicaid for the global fee and/or technical component for diagnostic testing. Also, providers may choose to voluntarily conduct a self-audit and repay any overpayments prior to an Agency-conducted audit. When the Agency conducts an audit, it is entitled to recover the costs of the audit and is required to assess sanctions for the non-compliance.

It is recommended that you review claims from January 1, 2011, to present and submit self-audit findings as well as a refund check to the Agency for any improper payments detected in the audit. A provider who conducts a self-audit, submits the results, and remits payment, may avoid sanctions for the voluntary disclosure and repayment of overpayments. Information about conducting self audits, as well as the contact information for your local area office, is available on the agency’s website.

Questions specific to the anticipated recoupment project may be directed to Kelly Bennett via email at Kelly.Bennett@ahca.myflorida.com. Please include the question in the email as opposed to a request for a return phone call.

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