As CMS, OIG Audits Continue, Hospices Prepare Themselves

Posted on Monday, October 19, 2020 

Hospice providers are spending their time on compliance as regulatory agencies are taking a hard look at them.  CMS and OIG are continuing to focus on the industry addressing concerns ranging from billing and claims to patient eligibility of the hospice benefit.

“Auditing is the new norm. It is not ‘if’ you get an audit, it is ‘when’ will you get an audit,” said Kelly Murray in a presentation at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Interdisciplinary Conference. “Be prepared. Start taking actions now. Look at comparative billing reports, look at the OIG reports. There should be no surprises for you and your organization. Keep your work plans fluid and flexible so that when audits come through the door, everything else can and should go to the wayside to address it.”

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