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Medicare advantage organizations are required to comply with all Medicare part C & D program requirements. CMS is conducting program audits of MA plan providers to evaluate providers’ compliance with the requirements. The audits will focus on high-risk areas that have the greatest potential for beneficiary harm. As such CMS has developed the following audit protocol for use by providers to prepare for their audit:
Medicare Advantage (“MA”) programs are more common these days, with a significant portion of Medicare beneficiaries currently enrolled in different programs. MA programs are issued by Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs)—usually, insurance companies; acting as government agents.
MA plans are popular with the aged population because MA plans offer additional health care coverage for little to no cost, unlike the traditional Medicare program. At the same time, MAOs pre-capitated, risk-adjusted payments from Medicare, which means that an MAO will get more reimbursements when it renders services to more severely ill patients.
A high-risk-based model incentive the MAO to diagnose consumers with high-risk diseases in order to gain more payments. Some MAOs use additional diagnoses to attain high-risk scores, while not necessarily reflecting these diagnoses in any documentation.
Healthcare providers tend to have issues with MA programs, hence issues with the audits. Payment and claim adjudication can occur through contracts that may differ, which definitely vary from the rules and regulations found in traditional Medicare. Rules and regulations, when it comes to Medicare, trumps a contract. You cannot contract in violation of the law; the contract will be stricken. So providers need to know the rules and regulations more than their contracts.
If a non-contracted healthcare provider is offering services, then the MAO makes a payment under traditional Medicare rules and regulations. This provides an opportunity to question how an MAO can adjudicate a claim under standard Medicare rules, while the MAO’s adjudication system has been developed to address claims. We will discuss audits of MA providers in-depth, including when traditional Medicare rules apply and when MA rules apply.
To ensure that the system is being run fairly, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) instituted Medicare Advantage audits.
This webinar will teach you how to defend yourself against a MA audit. We will discuss creating a data-driven operation and create a comprehensive outline for “what to do if you are audited.” You will learn to be proactive regarding your defenses against a MA audit.
If you accept Medicare Advantage, you will be audited and you should listen to this webinar.
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