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OIG stresses quality, medical necessity in most recent semiannual report

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, March 1, 2008

A recent semiannual report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) reminds providers that there is no time like the present to implement standards and processes to help maintain compliance with Medicare's admission criteria and billing requirements. The report, which summarizes the activities of the OIG for a six-month period ending September 30, 2007, reflects an ongoing concern about overpayments and compliance problems that stem from inappropriate care.

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