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Self-reporting False Claims Act violation averts litigation

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Long-term care providers would do well to know the lesson from one Pennsylvania continuing care facility, which averted costly litigation when it discovered and later reported irregularities of more than $1 million in Medicare claims.

Regulators expected to rescind physician signature requirement for lab requisition forms

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has indicated that it might rescind a rule that requires physician signatures on requisitions for all clinical laboratory tests paid for by Medicare, as part of the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Long-term care providers had worried this rule would delay important lab tests for residents since physician visits to skilled nursing facilities can be infrequent.