Happy Holidays!


Warm Holiday Wishes to You

Happy Holidays!  May you be blessed with the riches of life.  As we wind down the year, the holidays are a time to spend with friends and family sharing joy, laughter, and love.  The holidays are also a time of reflection and gratitude.  I want to thank each of you for making this a successful happy year, it has been a true gift in my life.  So many of you are friends, business advisers, business partners, clients, and maybe all of these, but you are truly appreciated.  Some of you make me reflect more often than I might like but I’ll keep you anyway..LOL.  I wish each of you a happy and safe holiday that is a road to a successful new year for you, your family and business.   I look forward to you being a part of my life in 2011 too.

Remember to pray for our soldiers and their families during the holidays, and if you see them during travels thank them.

How to Connect with Medical Auditing Solutions LLC?


You can find a complete scope of services under my blog.  In short, I work with most types of health care providers to setup compliance programs and training and anything that impacts cash flow.

You can follow us through our blog by scrolling to bottom of this blog, click follow then enter your email address.

You may follow Angela Miller and Medical Auditing Solutions if you a a profile on any of the following:

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Those who have recently attended a speaking engagement, I am connecting you through my blog. If you want to connect on the other sites feel free. I do not send out many email blast and utilize my blog the most.

Your Duck is Dead


I seem to share bad and/or scary crazy news so thought I would share a laugh today. This is a cute joke that is clean and will make you laugh and you can share with patients.

Your Duck is Dead

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away.”

The distressed woman wailed, “Are you sure?”

“Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied the vet..

“How can you be so sure?” she protested. “I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.”

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck’s owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of
the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.”

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..

The duck’s owner, still in shock, took the bill. “$150!” she cried, “$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!”

The vet shrugged, “I’m sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it’s now $150.”

Angela Miller of Medical Auditing Solutions LLC has been in health care compliance, auditing, billing, collections and HIPAA for over 18 years.  Ms. Miller has made it the  focus of the business to help providers run their businesses efficiently, collect money, and maintain compliance with federal and state regulations and coverage criteria through compliance program development, management and training.  Ms. Miller is very experienced with Medicare & Payer audits.  Ms. Miller ran a very successful compliance program for over 5 years for the largest private held HME/Pharmacy provider in the US at the time.  Ms. Miller  also works as a contract compliance officer to provide an avenue to compliance training to staff, implementation of policies, as well as handling anything that affects cash flow from the initial intake to back-end collections. You can visit our website at Medical Auditing Solutions LLC.

“15 Minute Thought” Schedule – Free Informational Programs


“15 MINUTE THOUGHT”

MAS is pioneering an informational program that you can listen to over a cup of coffee while you organize your day or on your drive to work. The name of the program is “15 Minute Thought”.  These calls will be free and informative.  Our focus is to give you a new thought once per month to help improve your business during these tough regulatory times.

Program your Phone and Calendar:

The 2nd* and 3rd Wednesday Every Month                 at 8:30am-8:45am CST

* Indicates specific audience

MAS Conference Call Dial-in#:         218-862-1300

Conference Code:                               622911

MAS Office number:                          972-459-1508

MAS Fax:                                               214-461-0295

Who should call in?

Any health care provider, Health care business owner or manager, Attorneys, Compliance Officer, and Office Managers

Schedule & Topics

July 14, 2010               Bankruptcy Attorneys & other Attorneys:  What you need to know about Medical Receivables*

July 21, 2010               Patient Visits: Changes, Increase Revenue, & Ordered Services

August 11, 2010         Physicians: NP & PA Visits: Can the non-physician provider be billed under the physician?*

August 18, 2010         Payer Audits Giving “RAC’d” a Whole New Meaning: Tips to Manage Audits

September 8, 2010      Conflict of Interest: Pay Attention or Write a Big Check

September 15, 2010    Compliance Officer:  Who? What? …Really?

October 13, 2010        Dental Providers:  Reform & Common Audit Errors*

October 20, 2010        Reserve Chute: Not just for jumping out of planes

There will be guest speakers.  We will release the brief description of the call within the next 24 hours.  There are plans to have Edward Vishnevetsky of Thompson Coe, Darrell Armer of Looper Reed & McGraw, David Reimer of Dental Medical Economics as well as others guest such as Advocate, MD present over the next few months as we roll this program out.  You will hear thoughts from some of the best in the health care industry.  The guest schedules are not finalized and they may participate in programs setup on this schedule.  We may increase the number of calls depending on the attendance.

Follow MAS Blog for Schedule & Updates.  You can “follow” MAS on all social media and new blog links are published.  We only publish useful information and breaking news.

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Angela Miller of Medical Auditing Solutions LLC has been in health care compliance, auditing, billing, collections and HIPAA for over 18 years.  Ms. Miller has made it the  focus of the business to help providers run their businesses efficiently, collect money, and maintain compliance with federal and state regulations and coverage criteria.  Ms. Miller is very experienced with Medicare & Payer audits.  Ms. Miller ran a very successful compliance program for over 5 years for the largest private held HME/Pharmacy provider in the US at the time.  Ms. Miller  also works as a contract compliance officer to provide an avenue to compliance training to staff, implementation of policies, as well as handling anything that affects cash flow from the initial intake to back-end collections. You can visit our website at Medical Auditing Solutions LLC.

Numerous Physician, Physician Groups, and DME Revocations Coming


The American Health Lawyers listserv released yesterday, there are numerous revocations across physician, physician groups, and DME providers for failure to respond to 855 validation or update requests or the provider was not open or available during a sight visit.  Please ensure you or your staff open mail in a timely manner!  Be sure you take immediate action on any requests from Medicare.  Medicare periodically requests for updates, validation or new 855 payor applications be completed. If the Medicare contractor does a sight visit, you must have hours posted and the door must be unlocked and the person greeted, if it is during your business hours.   Likewise, if you are closed for vacation, post a sign on the door & answering service vacation dates and who patients should see in an emergency.  This may have come as a PECOS notice.  Think of PECOS as your online 855 submission and application management.  Educate your staff to review mail timely and notify you immediately of any requests from Medicare for any response, forms, documentation.  You as the business owner need to review it or have it reviewed.

It seems every time  we turn around there is bad news to deliver to health care providers.  This is a very scary time from audits, revocations, reimbursement cuts along with legible documentation and getting patients to come into the office for an in-person visit when they are physically not capable.  The industry is facing challenges.

Medicare must be notified if you move because they mail requests to the address on file.  Remember, an invalid telephone number or area code can result in revocation as well.  Likewise, the post office does not always deliver the mail and they do not send communication with a tracking number!

You have 30 days to submit a corrective action plan, but be proactive and do it immediately!  The Corrective Action Plan form can be located via the MAC contractor website.  If the Correction Action Plan is denied, there is no appeal!

It is crucial for you to keep your provider number because without it you will not be reimbursed and are subject to loosing other payor contracts. You have to get your number placed in good standing, but this can be a long process.  They also do not have to activate it back to the date it was turned off.  If you need help completing or validating the 855 application or working an appeal, we can help you in a cost effective manner.   We work with several health care law firms that can assist you also.  Be sure no matter who you have help you, they have experience with the application process, understand the health care industry and/or are health care attorneys.

I feel like I need to have a drink or joke of the week blog so I can bring some good uplifting news.

Angela Miller of Medical Auditing Solutions LLC has been in health care compliance, auditing, billing, collections and HIPAA for over 18 years.  Ms. Miller has made it the  focus of the business to help providers run their businesses efficiently, collect money, and maintain compliance with federal and state regulations and coverage criteria.  Ms. Miller is very experienced with Medicare & Payer audits.  Ms. Miller ran a very successful compliance program for over 5 years for the largest private held HME/Pharmacy provider in the US at the time.  Ms. Miller  also works as a contract compliance officer to provide an avenue to compliance training to staff, implementation of policies, as well as handling anything that affects cash flow from the initial intake to back-end collections. You can visit our website at Medical Auditing Solutions LLC.

Health Care Reform: Compliance Programs, Reduce Filing Limits, Limited Ownership


The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 signed March 23, 2010, has made significant changes to health care providers and claims filing requirements.  Remember, CMS will have to publish written notification and post implementation deadlines; however, it will make your life easier to start educating staff and changing practice now.

*  Mandatory Effective Compliance Program for ALL health care providers that bill Medicare, Medicaid, and other federally funded program from hospital to mental health and everyone in between.

A compliance program has been required for providers collecting $5 million or more per year in Medicaid funds collectively since 2006.

http://www.cms.gov/smdl/downloads/SMD121306.pdf

New York Office of Inspector General implemented state requirement for effective compliance program 10/1/2009. http://www.omig.state.ny.us/data/content/view/79/1/

An effective compliance program contains 7 elements which includes Compliance Officer, Compliance Committee, Code of Conduct (approx 70 pages), Policies & Procedures (50+ depending on practice), Minimum of 5 hours of training per year on specific relationship and billing topics, Auditing and Monitoring Function, Reporting Options without fear of retaliation, and a few others that are embedded in these items.  It takes at least 12 months to roll out a compliance program and about 18 months to see effectiveness.  As a note, accreditation policies typically do not include most of the elements likewise the audits typically are not coverage criteria based or risk based.

*  Physicians must have a Face to Face with patients prior to ordering DME (durable medical equipment) and HHA (Home Health) Services effective 2/23/10.  This should be taking place now; however, if not, do not wait until CMS publishes an effective date.  This is good business practice and should be implemented immediately.

*  Physicians must be a Medicare provider as of July 1 2010, if they order DME and HHA that will be billed for Medicare reimbursement.

*  Physicians must provider medical record documentation to support referral orders or be subject to a revoked Medicare supplier number for a period not greater than one year **ADDED**

*  Claim submission filing limit has been reduce from 18 months to 12 months.  Until CMS publishes an effective date, you will have 18 months.  Be on the look out.  Announced 5/14/2010

*  Expanded Stark Law regulations will limit physician ownership in hospitals as of 12/31/2010.

*  Must provide patient choice when you have diagnostic equipment in your office such as MRI, PET, CAT.

*  Stark & Anti-kickback violations will also receive penalties until Federal False Claims Act.

*  Overpayments must be refunded to Medicare/Medicaid within 60 days whether you identify the overpayments or the refund is requested.  Failure to do so is likely to result in a revoked provider number and sanction from participating with the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  This was actually part of the Patient Affordable Care Act.  CMS announced 10/15/2010 see also Cynthia Stamer’s Blog.  This announcement also has language on Self Disclosure of Self Referral practices that have taken place.

*  Have heard from several people, that Oxygen will be reduced from 36 months to 13 months.  However, I have searched the full text and amendment and cannot find it. **ADDED**

*  It will require insurance payers to reimburse preventative services at 100% with no co-pay.  Please note, this has not been published with an implementation date so continue to file claims as normal.  Patients cannot expect to receive free preventative services until their payer publishes this change!

*  It appears to me that only companies with 50 or more employees will be required to provide health insurance for all W-2 employees.  I will be interested in seeing how this turns out.   It also appears that in 2018, you will have to use the government health care program or loose tax credits of 25-35% of the premiums.  I wish I had one of this money trees in my back yard!

This covers many of the highlights that impact provider billing, but there are so many more points.  Read over the information so your are prepared.  If you find you need your compliance program reviewed and developed remember to find a consultant that focuses on ALL aspects of compliance not just a compliance program.  They need to understand billing and operations and we are one of the companies that offers an all encompassing solution to health care providers.

You can reference the full text http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/Senate_health_care_bill.pdf and amendments http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/House_reconciliation_package_031810.pdf as well as a blog from Looper, Reed, & McGraw http://www.lrmlaw.com/pdf/ALERT-Healthcare-Reform-Alert.pdf.  Search the document for key words used in bullet points.  I have also included a Timeline link that has many items bullet pointed except the ones that apply to providers and reimbursement for Medicare services http://docs.house.gov/energycommerce/TIMELINE.pdf

Angela Miller of Medical Auditing Solutions LLC has been in health care compliance, auditing, billing, collections and HIPAA for over 18 years.  Ms. Miller has made it the  focus of the business to help providers run their businesses efficiently, collect money, and maintain compliance with federal and state regulations and coverage criteria.  Ms. Miller is very experienced with Medicare & Payer audits.  Ms. Miller ran a very successful compliance program for over 5 years for the largest HME/Pharmacy provider in the US at the time.  Ms. Miller  also works as a contract compliance officer to provide an avenue to compliance training to staff, implementation of policies, as well as handling anything that affects cash flow from the initial intake to back-end collections. You can visit our website at Medical Auditing Solutions LLC.

Medtrade Events and Deadline Reminders


Medtrade is coming up in 3 short weeks in Atlanta, Georgia.  There will be many great sessions to help you find the silver lining and keep it during this recession.  There are meetings planned to discuss the health care reform bills that are floating around.  Angela Miller and Medical Auditing Solutions, LLC has two sessions, Oct 14 at 8:30am and Oct 15 at 8:30am, so don’t stay out too late enjoying the party life of Atlanta!   Join us as we discuss How to Master a Compliance Program and Finding Your Lost A/R.  These sessions are sure to add efficiency and improved cash flow to any business.  I would enjoy meeting you so be sure to introduce yourself.

HomeCareMonday sent out an offer for readers last week which I am sharing with you, so you can become a reader and save.  “Attend Medtrade for $49! I have included the article as well as the links to sign up for this weekly informative newsletter.  If you’re a HomeCare Monday reader, you can attend all three days of the Medtrade Educational Conference for as little as $49! Just use code Home2000 for $50 off current Medtrade conference pricing and get entrance to the Expo show floor, too. But hurry! This special pricing ends Sept. 15 (tomorrow), and when this deal is over, it’s over. Medtrade will take place Oct. 12-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. For additional show information and20pricing details, visit http://www.medtrade.com/. HomeCare is the Official Magazine of Medtrade. To subscribe to this newsletter, go to: Subscribe To visit HomeCare’s Web site click here

While making all the plans for Medtrade don’t forget the deadlines that are due this fall so you can stay in the game.

 
HME as well as Pharmacies that provide diabetic supplies must be Accredited by 10/1/09.  There has been confusion and some pharmacies don’t think they need to be accredited.  If the pharmacy provides any type of DME or DME supplies, they do need to be accredited.

HME Surety Bond Deadline 10/2/09

HME providers participating in Competitive Bidding must be completely registered by 11/04/09.  Despite the fact the rules do not say “must” if you plan to participate you need to start the process as early as possible so you will be considered.  CBIC website

 

Angela Miller of Medical Auditing Solutions LLC has been in health care compliance, billing, collections and HIPAA for over 18 years.  Ms. Miller has made it the  focus of the business to help providers run their businesses efficiently, collect money, and maintain compliance with federal and state regulations and coverage criteria.  Ms. Miller  also works as a contract compliance officer to provide an avenue to compliance training to staff, implementation of policies, as well as handling anything that affects cash flow from the initial intake to back end collections. You can visit our website at Medical Auditing Solutions LLC.

Scope of Services for www.medicalauditingsolutions.com


We thought it would be helpful if in our first blog we explained our SCOPE OF SERVICES for the Medical Auditing Solutions LLC.  We work with all types of health care providers including Durable Medical Equipment, Respiratory Med Pharmacy, Sleep Labs, Home Health Agencies, Small Physician Practices and Hospital Systems.  Our clients revenues vary tremendously from $2M-well over $100M annually.  Our focus is to help you manage your business by giving your problem solving direction although we can perform the hands on work as well.

  • Compliance/HIPAA Audits
    • Review patient charts to ensure compliance with billing and regulatory requirements and exit with management to discuss any areas of weakness with a written report to follow
    • All improve collections and efficiency
  • Compliance Program Development and Training
    • We can review your existing program and provide updates
  • Due Diligence Audits
    • Review patient charts as above and provide general feedback on branch, personnel, location, etc.
    • See Compliance Audits
  • Investigations including audits, interviews, etc. in coordination with your attorney, if applicable
  • Medical Accounts Receivable Analysis for Improved Collections
    • Review a sample of writes for accuracy and potential recovery
  • Medical Accounts Receivable Aging claim filings and staff education
  • Regulatory Affairs Filings To Do Business (NPI, licensing, permits, DBA’s, Certificates of Authority, provider/supplier applications)
    • Handle all filings, follow-up and renewals
  • Assess Medical staff knowledge and positions
  • Assess overall location
  • Assist with Health Care Accreditation, HR, and Operations
  • Work with the business to improve overall efficiency and profits
  • Practice Management and Quality of Care Auditing
    • Other healthcare consulting as needed see website

Monthly Availability via a retainer at competitive rates customized for your needs and the time period needed.