Chisholm Trail Chapter Association of Certified Fraud Specialists December 11, 2009 Chapter Meeting & Luncheon Invite

November 16, 2009

The Chisholm Trail Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud specialists invites members and other interested persons to attend its December 11, 2009 Chapter Meeting on December 11, 2009 beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the DCIS Conference Room located at 2201 N. Collins, Arlington, TX.

Interested persons should RSVP to and arrange for the required registration fee for the pre-paid luncheon (barbecue w/fixings) in the amount of $12.00 per person to be made payable to and received by the following no later than December 4, 2009:

Make checks payable to: Carlos Ontiveros, POB 227238, Dallas, Tx 75222-7238

To RSVP or for additional information, please e-mail here.

 We hope that this information is useful to you.  If you need assistance with these or other health care public policy, regulatory, compliance, risk management, workforce and other staffing, transactional or operational concerns, please contact the author of this update, Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Health Practice Group Chair, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (214) 270‑2402, cstamer@cttlegal.com. Ms. Stamer has extensive experience advising clients and writes and speaks extensively on these and other health industry and other reimbursement, operations, internal controls and risk management matters.  You can review other recent health care and related resources and additional information about the health industry and other experience of Ms. Stamer here

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Medicare Paid Physicians More Than $92 Million in Incentives for 2008 Under the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative

November 16, 2009

Announcement Follows CMS’s Release of 2010 PQRI Program Details

More than 85,000 physicians and other eligible professionals who successfully reported quality-related data to Medicare under the 2008 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) received incentive payments totaling more than $92 million, up from the $36 million paid in 2007, according to a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) report.  The announcement of the 2008 statistics follows CMS’s recent announcement of its plan for the 2010 PQRI Program as part of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule.  A fact sheet on the 2010 PQRI Program is available online at here.  CMS reports it excepts the PQRI Program will continue to improve quality and provider participation will rise in 2009 and 2010.

According to CMS, physicians and other eligible professionals qualified for an incentive payment for the 2008 PQRI by satisfactorily reporting the required PQRI quality measures data received their payments this Fall.  CMS reports that:

  • The number of eligible professionals who earned an incentive payment during 2008 increased by one-third from 2007, when 56,700 eligible professionals earned an incentive payment.  In 2007, eligible professionals could only participate in the program during a 6-month reporting period.  In 2008, the program expanded to allow reporting for either a 6-month or a 12-month period.
  • The average incentive amount for individual professionals was over $1,000, with the largest payment to an eligible professional totaling over $98,000.
  • More than 162,800 professionals participated in the 2008 PQRI. Of those, over 85,000 physicians and other eligible professionals met statutory requirements for satisfactory reporting for the 2008 reporting period and are receiving incentive payments. 
  • Eligible professionals from all U.S. states and territories participated in PQRI in 2008.  Health practices with participating eligible professionals in Florida and Illinois received the highest incentive payments for the 2008 PQRI.  In Florida, eligible professionals received a total of over $7.5 million, and in Illinois, they received over $6 million.

Additional 2008 PQRI results, as well as information on how eligible professionals who participated in the 2008 PQRI, can access confidential feedback reports can be found in a CMS Fact Sheet here.

Established in late 2006 by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act, PQRI is a voluntary program that allows physicians and other eligible healthcare professionals to receive incentive payments for reporting data on quality measures related to services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries.  In the initial program years, physicians and other eligible professionals who satisfactorily submitted quality data for covered professional services furnished in the applicable reporting period were able to receive incentive payments of 1.5 percent of the total estimated allowed charges under Medicare Part B for covered professional services. In 2008 Congress extended the PQRI under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) and authorized incentive payments through 2010.

While the 2008 PQRI program included positive changes to ease the reporting of quality measures, CMS anticipates that the 2009 PQRI program provides enhancements that will make it even easier for physicians and other health care professionals to participate. Beginning in 2009, Congress increased the incentive that eligible professionals could receive for satisfactorily reporting data from 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent of the estimate of the allowed charges under Medicare Part B for all such covered professional services furnished during the applicable reporting period for 2009 and 2010.  CMS added 52 new quality measures for the 2009 PQRI year, raising the total number of measures to 153.  These new measures cover all types of healthcare professionals who provide services to Medicare beneficiaries, and address areas such as osteoarthritis, back pain, coronary artery disease, and HIV/AIDS, as well as 18 measures that must be reported exclusively through PQRI-qualified registries.  CMS hopes its recently announced 2010 PQRI Program will result in enhanced quality and further participation by physicians and other providers in 2010.

More information about the PQRI program, including participation guidance and the criteria to qualify for an incentive payment is available at www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI.

For More Information

We hope that this information is useful to you.  If you need assistance with these or other health care public policy, regulatory, compliance, risk management, workforce and other staffing, transactional or operational concerns, please contact the author of this update, Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Health Practice Group Chair, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (214) 270‑2402, cstamer@cttlegal.com. Ms. Stamer has extensive experience advising clients and writes and speaks extensively on these and other health industry and other reimbursement, operations, internal controls and risk management matters.  You can review other recent health care and related resources and additional information about the health industry and other experience of Ms. Stamer here

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©2009 Cynthia Marcotte Stamer.  All rights reserved.


OIG Review of High-Dollar Medicare Part D Payments Processed by First Coast Service Options, Inc. Shows Overpayments

November 6, 2009

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is reporting that its review of certain high dollar Medicare Part B payments processed by First Coast Service Options, Inc., for Calendar Years 2004−2006  shows overpayments. 

According to  OIG Audit Report A-01-09-00513 posted at  http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region1/10900513.pdf, OIG found during calendar years 2004 through 2006 that First Coast Service Options, Inc. overpaid providers $114,783 for high-dollar (greater than $10,000) Medicare Part B claims.

For More Information

We hope that this information is useful to you.  If you need assistance with these or other health care public policy, regulatory, compliance, risk management, workforce and other staffing, transactional or operational concerns, please contact the author of this update, Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Health Practice Group Chair, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (214) 270‑2402, cstamer@cttlegal.com. Ms. Stamer has extensive experience advising clients and writes and speaks extensively on these and other health industry and other reimbursement, operations, internal controls and risk management matters.  You can review other recent health care and related resources and additional information about the health industry and other experience of Ms. Stamer here

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©2009 Cynthia Marcotte Stamer.  All rights reserved.


Renal Dialysis Faculties Encouraged to Review Current Protocols for Administering Erthropoiesis-Stimulating Agents

November 6, 2009

Renal Dialysis Facilities are encouraged to review and consider the advisability for further tightening of their current practices in light of the Renal Dialysis Facilities’ Dosage Protocols for Administering Erthropoiesis-Stimulating Agents, (OEI-03-09-00010), posted by the OIG this week. 

According to the report, OIG conducted the report in response to a request from Chairman Fortney Pete Stark of the Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives in response to reported concerns by some members of Congress that dialysis facilities’ protocols for administering ESAs may not be consistent with the current boxed warning for these drugs. 

OIG found that 93 percent of Medicare-certified dialysis facilities had protocols in place for administering erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESA), but only 56 percent of the facilities’ protocols explicitly state a target hemoglobin range.  OIG could not determine whether the remaining 44 percent of protocols were consistent with the boxed warning and Medicare’s benefit policy because they do not specify a target hemoglobin range.  Of the protocols that state a target hemoglobin range, 94 percent are consistent with the boxed warning on FDA-approved labeling and the Medicare benefit policy for ESAs. 

While noting they are not required to do so, OIG commented that dialysis facilities may develop their own protocols for administering ESAs to patients with chronic kidney failure.  The protocols may define target hemoglobin levels and dosage instructions for administering ESAs.  According to the boxed warning on ESAs’ labels, maintaining higher rather than lower hemoglobin levels in a patient with chronic kidney failure can adversely affect the patient’s health and increase the risk of death.  Specifically, the boxed warning states that providers should administer ESAs “to achieve and maintain hemoglobin levels within the range of 10 to 12 g/dL.”  The Medicare benefit policy for ESAs reflects the target hemoglobin range specified in the boxed warning.  A separate Medicare policy for monitoring ESA payments states that CMS will reduce reported dosages upon which ESA claims are paid when patients’ hemoglobin levels exceed 13g/dL.

OIG reported its review of protocols to determine whether they are consistent with selected guidelines on ESAs’ labels revealed that some protocols contain information that differs from labeling guidelines regarding starting doses, dose adjustments, and withholding ESA doses.  OIG also found that all of the protocols that include a target hemoglobin range or level at which to increase ESA doses conform with CMS’s monitoring policy.

OIG concluded that although its review does not address the amount of ESAs that providers actually administer to patients at their dialysis facilities, it does demonstrate that just over half of facilities’ protocols for administering ESAs are consistent with the boxed warning and Medicare’s benefit policy for ESAs.  However, since almost half of the dialysis facilities either did not have protocols or did not specify a target hemoglobin range in their protocols, OIG reported it could not determine whether these facilities’ policies target the hemoglobin range outlined in the boxed warning that FDA requires on ESA labels.

For More Information

We hope that this information is useful to you.  If you need assistance with these or other health care public policy, regulatory, compliance, risk management, workforce and other staffing, transactional or operational concerns, please contact the author of this update, Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Health Practice Group Chair, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (214) 270‑2402, cstamer@cttlegal.com. Ms. Stamer has extensive experience advising clients and writes and speaks extensively on these and other health industry and other reimbursement, operations, internal controls and risk management matters.  You can review other recent health care and related resources and additional information about the health industry and other experience of Ms. Stamer here

If you or someone else you know would like to receive future updates about developments on these and other concerns, please be sure that we have your current contact information – including your preferred e-mail – by creating or updating your profile at here or e-mailing this information here,  by subscribing to receive these updates in blog form here and/or by participating in the SLP Health Care Risk Management & Operations Group on LinkedIn.  To unsubscribe, e-mail here.

©2009 Cynthia Marcotte Stamer.  All rights reserved.

 


North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professional Association Meets Nov. 10 At Medical City

November 6, 2009

Note New Meeting Time And Change Of Room Location!!!

November 10, 2009 Meeting Announcement & Agenda

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Medical City Hospital Cafetorium in Building A next to the Cafeteria

7777 Forrest Lane, Dallas, Texas

 The North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professional Association invites members and other interested health industry compliance professionals to its November 10, 2009 meeting to be held from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Cafetorium located in Building A next to the cafeteria at Medical City, 7777 Forrest Lane, Dallas, Texas. Please note the adjusted time and room location for this meeting!

Topics to be discussed include:

  • An update on modifications/upgrades in Group One’s Compliance Check and the ability to use the Data Initiative to pull RAC specific indicators and a dashboard in development for Compliance Officer use from Kristin Jenkins of the Dallas/Hospital Council; and
  • An update on “Emerging Issues & Trends in Medical Practice Valuations” by Don Barbo, Health Care Valuation Services Director, MidAmerica, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP.

 Complementary participation in the meeting is open to all NTHCPA members and other interested health care compliance professionals.  Please feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested.

NTHCPA thanks Texas Health Resources for hosting the October 13, 2009 Meeting and Medical City for hosting the November 10, 2009 meeting.  

If you are interested in hosting one of the upcoming meetings, wish to suggest topics or speakers, or wish to obtain or share other information, please contact NTHCPA Vice-President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at (214) 270-2402 or by e-mail at cstamer@solutionslawyer.net.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

About the NTHCPA

NTHCPA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance Professionals and others in North Texas who share these principles.

The vision of NTHCPA is to be a pre-eminent compliance and ethics group promoting lasting success and integrity of organizations within North Texas.

To register or update your registration or to receive notice of future meetings, e-mail here.

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