One of nursing homes' most vigilant government watchdogs plans to dramatically curb its activities this year, a federal official has told the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General anticipates reducing Medicare and Medicaid oversight activities overall by 20% in fiscal year 2014.
Medicare recovery audit contractors collected about $8,000 in fiscal year 2012 through a skilled nursing facility claims review pilot, according to a recently released annual report to Congress.
Medicare recovery audit contractors should face financial penalties when providers successfully challenge their decisions, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) stated in a recent letter to the head of the Health and Human Services Department.
Congressional lawmakers have introduced a bill to launch a single-payer healthcare system that would include universal long-term care coverage.
There are many odd animals roaming our healthcare industrial complex. But few are more bizarre than Medicare's three-day rule. Or more deserving of extinction.