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Mitigating Medicaid Overpayments: Protect Your Practice’s Integrity

Are You At Risk of Unintentional Medicaid Overpayments?

In the realm of healthcare, even with the best intentions, the specter of Medicaid overpayments looms.  However, being proactive about identifying and addressing these overpayments is crucial, allowing Medicaid to uncover these errors before you do, could potentially put your practice at risk.

Announcement from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General

The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has taken a pivotal step forward in facilitating self-disclosure for overpayments.  In response to feedback from Medicaid stakeholders, OMIG has refined its Self-Disclosure Program to incorporate two distinct pathways for reporting. 

Introducing Dual Avenues for Self-Disclosure

In conjunction with the existing Full Self-Disclosure Process, OMIG has unveiled an Abbreviated Self-Disclosure Process.  This new avenue allows entities to report and explain overpayments that are considered routine or transactional errors in nature or meet other defined characteristics and have already been voided or adjusted.

Detailed guidance on the Abbreviated Self-Disclosure Process is available within the Self-Disclosure Program Requirements Guidance, a comprehensive resource for healthcare entities seeking clarity on the process.

What to Anticipate

The rollout of these enhancements signifies OMIG’s proactive stance on enhancing transparency and accountability.  The first complete month of reports is expected to start in September, with the first monthly reporting window scheduled to open on October 5.  This timeline provides ample opportunity for eligible entities to familiarize themselves with the updated protocols and initiate their self-disclosure.

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