Understand Hospice Audit Types, Processes to Boost Compliance

Posted Monday, April 18, 2022

CMS and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General have increased the frequency and scope of their audits into hospices. Audits are very time consuming and expensive, even if the hospice is found in compliance.

“CMS auditors often look for every little error. If they see a pattern of errors, then their antenna goes way up, and it causes them to say, ‘Okay, we’ve got a provider here that isn’t paying attention to the details that are important to the regulator,” Jon Rawlson, founder and president of Armory Hill Advocates, LLC., told Hospice News. “It then puts them under this levels of scrutiny that they can avoid if they take the extra time to really understand what is required by CMS and contractors.”

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