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Anatomy of an Audit

by admin on February 26, 2020 No comments

auditFlorida Healthcare Law Firm Attorney Karina Gonzalez will provide this complimentary lunch n’ learn session for attendees interested in furthering their understanding of audit procedures. She will walk attendees through the anatomy of an audit, from initial correspondence and response to prep and potential onsite pitfalls and beyond. This is a can’t miss!

Audits in healthcare are designed to positively impact patient care but can be very disruptive and costly for medical practices. The best way to  protects your healthcare business from an audit is to understand the root causes and improve processes from the inside of an organization to the out. From ZPIC audits to UPIC audits, and everything in between, this webinar is designed to educate with practical guidance.

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Potential Class Action Targeting ZPIC Dismissed: What This Means

by admin on April 30, 2018 1 comment

medicare payment suspensionBy: Matt Fischer

A recent lawsuit seeking class action status that targeted Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC), AdvanceMed along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been dismissed.  The plaintiff, an Illinois home health agency (HHA), filed suit in federal court requesting a writ of mandamus (i.e. an order directing a party to perform a specific act) and damages based on claims of fraud and non-compliance with Medicare’s regulations.  With many wanting an overhaul with regards to ZPIC authority, this case has been watched closely.  What does this decision mean going forward?  Consequently, this decision solidifies the formidable hurdle and requirement to exhaust all administrative remedies before challenging a ZPIC in court.

What occurred in this case is not uncommon.  AdvanceMed conducted a review of a number of patient charts which led to a suspension of Medicare payment “based on reliable information that an overpayment exists or that the payments to be made may not be correct.”  In response to the suspension notice, the HHA submitted a rebuttal statement with additional supporting documentation.  The ZPIC later informed the HHA that the documentation had been reviewed and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to continue the suspension.  In subsequent discussions between the parties, an AdvanceMed representative surprising stated that it was not their policy to review rebuttals nor was it obligated to review the additional documentation.  The representative further indicated that CMS concurred with their position.  As a result, the HHA filed a lawsuit.     

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