Fewer physicians will undergo audits under a new Medicare claims review process, according to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announcement.
CMS will roll out a new approach to claims review nationwide targeting fewer providers and requiring review of fewer claims. The new policy, to take effect later this year, makes it less likely doctors who have sound billing practices will face a Medicare audit.
Under the Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) program, Medicare Administrative Contractors will focus “only on providers/suppliers who have the highest claim error rates or billing practices that vary significantly out from their peers,” according to the CMS announcement. Providers/suppliers with continued high error rates after three rounds of TPE may be referred to CMS for additional action, which may include 100 percent prepay review, extrapolation, referral to a Recovery Auditor, or other action. Providers/supplier may be removed from the review process after any of the three rounds of probe review, if they demonstrate low error rates or sufficient improvement in error rates, as determined by CMS.