Medical Billing and Coding Healthcare Blog

The Department of Justice has announced that more than 300 people have been charged with committing Medicare fraud worth approximately $900 million.

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force led a sweep of 36 federal districts, resulting in criminal and civil charges against 301 individuals, including 61 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in healthcare fraud schemes involving false billings. 

The defendants were charged with various healthcare fraud-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, violations of the anti-kickback statutes, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. 

The charges are based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes involving various medical treatments and services, including home health care, psychotherapy, physical and occupational therapy, durable medical equipment and prescription drugs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is sponsoring a complimentary webinar that will discuss the comparative billing report on psychotherapy and evaluation and management services (CBR201607).

CBR201607 is intended to serve as an educational tool for psychiatry practices who provide psychotherapy billing using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)codes with and without a corresponding E/M code.

The program is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 3:00-4:30 Eastern.

The agenda is as follows:

  • Opening Remarks
  • Overview of Comparative Billing Report (CBR201607)
  • Coverage Policy
  • Methods and Results
  • References and Resources
  • Question & Answer Session

Presenters are as follows:

  • Speakers: Cheryl Bailey, Craig DeFelice, Cyndi Wellborn
  • Organizations: eGlobalTech and Palmetto GBA

During the webinar, providers will have the opportunity to interact directly with content specialists and submit questions about the report.

To register, click here.

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