October 06, 2009
OIG Posts FY 2010 Work Plan
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has posted its work plan for FY 2010.
Of particular interest to anesthesiologists and pain physicians, the work plan includes the following areas of focus:
OIG will “review Medicare claims to determine the appropriateness of
Medicare Part B payments for transforaminal epidural injections” (page
OIG also review the extent to which physicians reassign their Medicare
benefits to other entities, as well as provider compliance with
Medicare assignment rules (pages 17-18).
OIG will review industry practices related to E&M billing during
the global surgery period to see if industry practices have changed
since the global surgery fee concept was developed in 1992 (page 15).
The results of this review will be of interest, as anesthesiologists
sometimes bill for E&M services pertaining to post-op pain services
during the global surgery period.
- The OIG will review physician claims for proper place-of-service coding (page 15).