Query Compliance...Time to Confirm This!

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS CMS Leave a Comment

Within Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) and clinical Coding we have verbal, written and electronic documentation clarifications or querying. A key component of the clinical documentation query is achieving and maintaining compliance. Having a written policy and procedure in place along with a formal quality review process for querying is thus essential and a must. ...

OIG: Annual Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Report

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS OIG Leave a Comment

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released in mid-March 2022 their annual report and statistics for 53 Medicare Fraud Control Units across the country. Significant investigative work and recoveries were obtained in 2021 totaling $1.7 billion recovered and 1,105 convictions. The 2021 annual Office of Inspector General (OIG) Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) report...

OIG Releases “Medicare Advantage Compliance Audit of Specific Diagnosis Codes”

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS OIG Leave a Comment

The Office of Inspector General released in January 2022 an audit report on Medical Advantage for Healthfirst Health Plan, Inc. The identified errors were related to some specific diagnosis codes and Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs). Another Medicare Advantage Audit Report from the OIG! This particular audit report by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of...

The OIG Focus on Clinical Coding

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS OIG Leave a Comment

The last 12-18 months has brought the healthcare industry many audit reports from the Office of Inspective General (OIG). These reports are always an important part of every Compliance Program and the related audit and educational activities. Certainly, for Health Information Management (HIM), the OIG audit reports can provide a lens into issues, vulnerabilities, and...

2022 OIG Work Plan: Balancing a focus on overall compliance and the public health emergency

Aurae Beidler, MHA, RHIA, CHC, CHPS OIG Leave a Comment

What another crazy year, huh?! In 2021, the OIG continued to publish its work plan with monthly updates including OIG audits and evaluations for the fiscal year and beyond. Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, healthcare operations and government oversight entities such as the OIG continue their work. As of the end of November 2021, the OIG had published 12 new...

The OIG Workplan and Building Your Own Coding Compliance Program

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS OIG Leave a Comment

Each year the Office of Inspector General (OIG) publishes their annual work plan for healthcare, which is a highly anticipated publication. The OIG Work Plan sets forth various projects including OIG audits and evaluations that are underway or planned to be addressed during the fiscal year. In addition, the OIG updates their workplan on a monthly basis, so their areas of...

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