OIG Report

OIG: Medicare needs to do more to prevent fraud and waste related to chiropractic care

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Previous controls have not done enough to reduce fraud and waste in connection to chiropractic care for Medicare patients, according to a review issued by a federal watchdog Friday.

North Carolina let 5% of nursing home deficiencies go unchecked

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The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General found North Carolina officials failed to confirm corrective action in about 5% of nursing home deficiency cases.

Improper coding for doctors' evaluation and management visits costs Medicare billions, OIG report

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Documentation coding errors related to routine patient evaluation and management (E/M) visits are costing the Medicare program billions of dollars in improper payments a year — nearly $7 billion alone in 2010 — according to a new government report. But the investigation involved few claims involving nursing homes.

OIG calls for more frequent surveys for hospice providers

OIG calls for more frequent surveys for hospice providers

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Hospice providers could soon be facing more recertification surveys, if the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has any say in it.

Lack of documentation accounts for Medicare fee-for-service error rate

Medicare's fee-for-service error rate for fiscal 2010 would have fallen if compliance contractors had successfully obtained better claims documentation, a federal report found.

Physician defends use of antipsychotics for dementia patients in nursing homes

In response to a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General, a prominent psychiatrist is defending the practice of prescribing antipsychotic medications for nursing home residents with dementia.