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Practices that treat substance use disorders (SUD) and perform urine drug testing take note: The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) added urine drug tests for SUD patients to the agency's Work Plan in its October 2019 update.
 
 

A downstate New York ophthalmologist stands accused of misrepresenting simple eyelid procedures as much more complicated surgeries and billing millions more than he should have for them.

Recently Part B News gave you a heads-up on materials that you should store in case CMS audits your MIPS attestations. We got some added detail on the situation in a conversation with Lori Foley, managing principal with the PYA consultancy in Atlanta.
 
As part of an effort entitled the Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care, CMS and OIG released advance copies of proposed regulatory changes on Oct. 9. The proposed rules would modify regulations that have presented obstacles to physicians, hospitals and other providers as they transition away from traditional fee-for-service (FFS) payment models toward value-based arrangements.
 

Medicare doesn't pay for "P-stim," but this Willow Street, Pa., provider gave it shot, and is now paying the feds $178,000 to get out from under a False Claims Act rap.
 

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