2 more states join California to halt Medicare auditing procedures...BD
WASHINGTON -- Florida and New York hospital officials are leaping onto legislation sponsored by California lawmakers that would temporarily halt a Medicare auditing program. The commission-based auditing program has been operating for more than two years on an experimental basis in the three states and is set to expand permanently to 20 more in March."Everyone is very concerned that this program and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service's mismanagement of it could be compromising the quality of health care for our seniors," Capps said.
But because of the California experience -- in which rehabilitation hospitals have been forced to surrender tens of millions of dollars for past services deemed by auditors to be medically unnecessary -- Reps. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, and Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, recently introduced legislation placing the program on a one-year moratorium to investigate the problems.