Monthly Archives: March 2010

Department of Justice Falls Short According to the Inspector General

Posted on March31, 2010
The U.S. Department of Justice is being scrutinized for its efforts to fight identity theft, according to the Office of Inspector General and a report they released.  The IG's report analyzed the DOJ's data collection, and noted that the FBI quit collecting thorough data on ID theft in '07. "The report also found that the process of notifying identity theft victims of their rights under federal law was still not widely understood within the department. There was 'confusion among DOJ investigators,…
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Will the US Postal Service Cut Costs by Cutting Jobs?

Posted on March30, 2010
The US Postal Service has a plan to eliminate the large deficit they are facing, and want to get in underway as soon as possible.  The cost-cutting plan will results in laying off thousands of front-line jobs.  "In addition to cutting one day a week from the delivery schedule, the proposal would eliminate the equivalent of 40,000 full- and part-time jobs, about 8% of the current workforce of 600,000. Officials said the changes would save the Postal Service a projected $3.3 billion…
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Review heightens concerns over Medicare billing at nursing homes

Posted on March29, 2010
This Washington Post article reads, "More than a decade ago, Congress set out to squeeze the fraud out of Medicare billing at nursing homes, requiring more precise justifications for costs. It created new 'ultra-high' billing categories intended to be used for only 5 percent of the patients needing highly specialized care and rehabilitation." But, over the years the nursing homes have been flooded with patients put in this category and facilities have been billing for more services than are being…
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IG Letter Provokes Canceled Bid Process in New Orleans

Posted on March25, 2010
Read about the city of New Orleans Inspector General and the part they played in revealing issues with the local government awarding contracts through a bidding process.  Source: Fox 8 Story
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Understand the OIG Compliance Program Guidance

Posted on March25, 2010
The Compliance Program Guidance was issued to assist physicians in developing compliance programs for their practices and prevent fraud and abuse against government health care programs.  According to this article, fraud and abuse can include: Billing for services, procedures and/or supplies that were not provided. Misrepresentation of what was provided; when it was provided; the condition or diagnosis; the charges involved; and/or the identity of the provider recipient. Providing unnecessary services or ordering unnecessary tests. Unbundling of claims: billing separately for…
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