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OIG Releases 2011 Work Plan

Michael Iarrobino, CPC-A, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2010

Other topics marked as works in progress include the following:

  • Part A hospital capital payment
  • Critical access hospitals
  • Medicare disproportionate share payments
  • Duplicate graduate medical education payments
  • Hospital readmissions
  • Hospital admissions with conditions coded present-on-admission
  • Inpatient rehabilitation facility transmission of patient assessment instruments
  • Medicare excessive payments

"When the Work Plans mimic themselves from year to year, it does make it a little easier for facilities to review and respond to OIG areas of interest," Mackaman says. "If the facility had reviewed an issue and did an internal audit to identify any weak areas, they should have already been working on improving their compliance in that area."

But previous audits should not preclude additional work in any of the OIG-identified areas. "If the facility did not find any problem with that area, this does not mean the facility should ignore it this year. It would be a good idea for them to audit again to make sure they are still in compliance with the area," Mackaman explains.

Editor’s note: Access the FY 2011 OIG Work Plan here.

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