While monitoring your own billing risks is an ongoing task, CMS is stepping in with Comparative Billing Reports to help identify errors. However, many billing mistakes can be managed through proper billing codes, clean documentation and having the most up-to-date Medicare information available.

Reprinted from REPORT ON MEDICARE COMPLIANCE, the nation's leading source of news and strategic information on false claims, overpayments, compliance programs, billing errors and other Medicare compliance issues. By Nina Youngstrom, Managing Editor (nyoungstrom@aispub.com) CMS on Aug. 16 unveiled a new program-integrity tool designed to help providers identify their own errors and reduce the Medicare overpayment rate. “Comparative billing reports” (CBRs) show providers how they stack up against their peers in the state and nationally in billing for certain risk areas. The first reports were produced for 5,000 physical therapists, but others are underway, Melanie Combs-Dyer, a health insurance specialist in the CMS Provider Compliance Group, tells RMC.

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