Responding to Postpayment Review – Review of Ophthalmology
New legislation and an assortment of programs can complicate Medicare payments. Proper navigation may avoid audits.
This article answers the following questions:
- Has recent legislation led to additional scrutiny for payments made to health-care providers from federally funded programs?
- How can I identify the value of improper Medicare and Medicaid fee-for-service payments?
- What is a ‘CERT’ audit and what does it entail?
- What is the process for responding to a CERT record request?
- What is the Recovery Audit Contractor program?
- How do I find out who my RAC is?
- Limits exist for record review requests based on the size of the physician practice. In a 45-day period, they may request no more than:
- How do we respond to a RAC demand letter?
- Will the RACs recoup my overpayment from my future Medicare checks?
- Have there been any changes to the Medicare claims appeals process?
- Where can I learn more about the various levels of appeal?
- Is there a way to mitigate potential overpayments in my office?
- Are any of these compliance programs mandatory?
This article was published in Review of Ophthalmology’s Medicare Q & A column, which is written by Corcoran’s Vice-President, Donna McCune, CCS-P, COE, CPMA. To view the entire article in Review of Ophthalmology, click on the link below: