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On September 12, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a national provider Comparative Billing Report (CBR) targeting podiatry services. The CBRs will be released to a maximum of 5,000 podiatry service providers. This is the second time in which podiatry services have been the focal point of a CBR.

The CBRs are produced by Safeguard Services under contract with CMS and will provide comparative data to help show how these individual providers compare to other providers within the same field. These comparative studies are designed to assist providers in reviewing their coding and billing practices and utilization patterns, and take proactive compliance measures by conducting self-audits through meaningful comparisons to other podiatry providers billing similar codes. It is also important to understand that CBRs do not contain patient or case-specific data, but rather only summary billing information as a method of ensuring privacy. CMS suggests that providers should view CBRs as an educational tool, rather than a warning, to help aid them in properly complying with Medicare billing rules. However, based upon our experience, it is clearly an indication that individuals receiving CBRs are prospective audit targets because their utilization of these codes exceeds their peers.

The recently released podiatry services CBRs are to serve as a follow up to the CBRs previously received by providers in April 2011. This repeat study is intended to serve the same educational and compliance goals as the prior study; however the newly issued CBRs provide more recent billing data–billed Medicare Part B claims data with service dates from May 1, 2011 through April 30, 2012 that were processed by July 27, 2012. Furthermore, the POS and CPT codes addressed in the recently released CBRs are identical to the codes utilized in the prior study; which include POS codes 11 (office) and 31 (skilled nursing facility), and the following CPT codes:

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced it will release a national provider Comparative Billing Report (CBR) targeting Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Billing Practices. The CBRs will be released to a maximum of 5,000 providers on August 31, 2012.

The CBRs are produced by Safeguard Services under contract with CMS and will provide comparative data to help show how these individual providers compare to other providers within the same field. These comparative studies are designed to help providers review their coding and billing practices and utilization patterns, and take proactive compliance measures. Providers should view CBRs as a tool, rather than a warning, as a way to aid them in properly complying with Medicare billing rules. It is also important to understand that CBRs do not contain patient or case-specific data, but rather only summary billing information as a method of ensuring privacy.

If you are a recipient of a CBR for SNF Billing Practices, or are among the other provider types that have been identified to receive CBRs (e.g. cardiology services, ordering DME, physical therapists, chiropractors, ambulance, hospice, podiatry, and sleep studies), please contact an experienced healthcare attorney at Wachler & Associates at 248-544-0888 to discuss evaluating the CBR analysis and development of an appropriate compliance plan that will reduce audit risks.

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CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) expects to publish Comparative Billing Reports (CBRs) on Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services on June 4, 2012.

Since 2010, CMS, through Safeguard Services (SGS), has produced national comparative billing reports in select fields. These comparative studies are designed to help providers review their coding and billing practices and utilization patterns, and take proactive compliance measures. A CBR outlines the provider’s billing patterns and compares those patterns to other similar entities. Pursuant to Safeguard Services website, E/M services CBRs will be given to providers that meet the following criteria:

  • Filed Medicare Part B final claims with dates of service from January 1 to December 31, 2011;
  • Claims were retrieved from the Integrated Data Repository (IDR) on April 13, 2012;
  • The provider is a specialty primary care provider (General Practice, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Multispecialty Clinic or Group Practice, Preventive Medicine, or Physician Assistant);
  • Billed CPT codes 99201, 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99211, 99212, 99213, 99214, and 99215;
  • Place of service was in the office (11);
  • Allowed charges greater than $0; and
  • Provided greater than or equal to 100 total units for the combination of the aforementioned CPT codes.

The sole intent of conducting CBRs is to educate providers as to potential fraud and abuse; they are not punitive. Providers should view CBRs as a tool, rather than a warning, as a way to aid them in properly complying with Medicare billing rules. It is also important to understand that CBRs do not contain patient or case-specific data, but rather only summary billing information as a method of ensuring privacy.

E/M services are specifically targeted because they are susceptible to fraud and abuse. From 2001 to 2010 Medicare payments for E/M Services increased by 48 percent. CMS will publish CBRs that analyze Medicare Part B final claims data from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011. Collective trends in the individual CBRs will be published for the nation to inspect.
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