Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Review of Billing Procedures for Medicare Claims Submitted to Riverbend Government Benefits Administrator by Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities During 2005," (A-01-07-00505)

July 19, 2007


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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

Our objective was to determine whether inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF) properly submitted Medicare claims paid by Riverbend Government Benefits Administrator (Riverbend) for transition stays.  IPFs did not always properly submit claims paid by Riverbend for transition stays in 2005.  Specifically, for 82 of the 100 claims that we sampled (from the population of 184 claims), IPFs incorrectly split the beneficiary’s stay by submitting 1 claim under the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 payment period and 1 or more claims under the prospective payment period, rather than properly submitting 1 claim for the entire inpatient stay.  Based on our sample results, we estimate that Riverbend overpaid IPFs a total of $1,067,157 for incorrectly billed Medicare claims for transition stays in 2005

We recommended that Riverbend (1) make the appropriate adjustments to the sampled claims that resulted in overpayments of $579,977, (2) review our information on the additional 84 claims with potential overpayments estimated at $487,180 ($1,067,157 less $579,977) and work with the IPFs that provided the services to recover any overpayments, and (3) analyze postpayment data from IPF claims submitted after our review to ensure that the claims were billed properly and paid correctly by Riverbend .

Riverbend agreed with our findings and recommendations and stated that it was taking appropriate action.