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Other Issuances: CMS updates serum iron studies NCD, OIG publishes safe harbor notice, and more

Medicare Insider, December 23, 2008

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CMS adds codes covered under serum iron studies NCD

On December 18, CMS extended coverage under the serum iron studies NCD to ICD-9-CM codes 285.22 and 285.29.

View the decision memo.

OIG seeks suggestions on safe harbors, fraud alerts

On December 17, the OIG published a notice in the Federal Register to solicit proposals and recommendations for developing and modifying safe harbor provisions under the Federal anti-kickback statute (section 1128B(b) of the Social Security Act), as well as developing new OIG special fraud alerts.

View the Federal Register notice.

Submit a comment to the OIG.

OIG issues review of high-dollar payments for outpatient services processed by Palmetto GBA for the period January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2005

On December 17, the OIG issued a review of high-dollar payments for outpatient services processed by Palmetto GBA, a fiscal intermediary, for the period January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2005. The OIG determined that during this period, Palmetto made 22 inappropriate payments, including overpayments totaling $1.8 million.

View the OIG report.

OIG issues reports on adverse events

On December 16, the OIG issued two reports on adverse events in the hospital setting.

View the first report.

View the second report.

CMS launches annual provider satisfaction survey

On December 16, CMS announced the launch of its annual survey of providers’ satisfaction with Medicare contractors. CMS will send the survey to randomly selected providers.

View the CMS press release.



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