The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector Genera l(OIG) issued a report on hospice billing for general inpatient care (GIP). According to the OIG, hospices billed Medicare for GIP inappropriately in one-third of stays in 2012, costing Medicare $268 million. The report reflects the OIG’s continuing focus on GIP costs, and the OIG’s recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offer guidance to hospice providers on upcoming enforcement trends.
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