The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Health and Human Services has recently issued the "Medicare Needs Better Controls to Prevent Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Related to Chiropractic Services" portfolio that identified vulnerabilities and reiterated recommendations from prior reports that have not been implemented or have been implemented ineffectively. It acknowledged that fraud, waste, and abuse "is a concern."
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program, which measures improper Medicare fee-for-service payments annually, has identified chiropractic services as having the highest improper payment rates among Medicare Part B services from 2010 - 2015. The improper payment rate ranged from 43.9 percent to 54.1 percent with yearly overpayments from $257 million to $304 million. In total, Medicare has paid more than $2.9 billion for chiropractic services over the 6-year period.
The OIG has provided recommendations for CMS to consider implementing:
1. Work with contractors to educate chiropractors on the training resources that CMS has already made available to them.
2. Educate beneficiaries on which chiropractic services are and are not covered by Medicare Part B and encourage beneficiaries to report chiropractors that are providing services that should not be covered by Medicare.
3. Identify chiropractors with high-service denial rates or aberrant billing practices, estimate the amount of overpayments made through a statistically significant sample, and recover them.
4. Establish a threshold for the number of services that may be provided before a medical review is needed.
What Can You Do?
The report noted that improper payments were made for services that were medically unnecessary, billed with an incorrect procedure code, not documented, or insufficiently documented. Many chiropractic practitioners and beneficiaries were not fully aware of the medical necessity, documentation standards, and coverage requirements of chiropractic services under Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance).
In view of the OIG’s latest report, chiropractors can expect the CMS, Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC), and other regulators to increase their audits of chiropractic medical claims. Providers may also expect a rise in compliance oversight through educational resources, medical reviews, and documentation requirements.
Chiropractors must ensure that complete and accurate records of their patients’ visits are taken. To avoid claim denials and receive maximum reimbursement, it is vital for chiropractors to submit accurately coded medical claims and complete all documentation requirements. These tasks are both challenging and time consuming.
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