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Five Things to Know About Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) provide primary care services to millions of people each year with limited access to care. Medicare Part B has covered FQHC services at certified FQHCs since 1991. They are an important and very unique part of the Medicare and Medicaid benefits with specific billing and payment rules that can get […]

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The Benefits of Statistically Valid Random Sampling and Extrapolation for Health Care Audits and Investigations

When performed correctly, statistically valid sampling and extrapolation can be a powerful tool, allowing for the effective use of audit and investigative resources. Statistically valid sampling allows organizations to collect information about a particular universe for a relatively low cost. Rather than incurring the time and expense of reviewing the entire universe, the conclusions drawn […]

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A Guide to Building a Robust Medical Review Team

Constructing a solid medical review team requires the successful networking, staffing, management, and ongoing support of the clinicians and the support team. The Significance of a Solid Team Medical review is the clinical review of medical records and supporting data in order to provide claims determinations and ensure that payment is made only for services […]

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Demystifying Medicare Prepayment and Postpayment Claim Reviews

Medicare and other health plans have a variety of tools at their disposal to prevent and identify improper payments. The tools can differ depending on whether they are applied before claims are paid (prepayment review), or after claims are paid (postpayment review). Pre and postpayment reviews are both important program integrity strategies, and can make […]

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Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act: Identifying and Reducing Improper Payments

Each year, the Federal Government makes billions of dollars in improper payments. Improper payments can take the form of overpayments, payments to the wrong person, or payments for the wrong reason. Two examples of improper payments include the Federal Government paying $180 million to 20,000 dead individuals over a three-year period, as well as paying […]

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