As we recently announced, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The August updates released this week include 4 new Work Plan items:
- Review of Patient Safety Organization Program, including implementation of the program among hospitals and oversight by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
- Duplicate Drug Claims for Hospice Beneficiaries under both the Medicare Part A per diem and drug benefits under Medicare Part D.
- Medicare Part B Payments for Psychotherapy Services, including services that were not covered, inadequately documented, or medically unnecessary. This is a follow-up to a prior OIG review.
- Reasonableness of Medicare Payments for Ventilation Devices Compared to Open Market due, in part, to the lack of competitive bidding by Medicare for these devices.