Review of Medicare Outpatient Payments for Oxaliplatin in Virginia
For all 57 Medicare outpatient payments reviewed, seven hospitals billed National Government Services (NGS), a Medicare fiscal intermediary, for the incorrect number of service units of oxaliplatin. Oxaliplatin is a chemotherapy drug used to treat colorectal cancer. As a result of the incorrect billing, the hospitals received overpayments totaling $1.4 million during calendar year 2005. These overpayments occurred primarily because the hospitals did not update their systems following a change in Medicare billing guidance.
We recommended that NGS recover the $1.4 million in overpayments to the hospitals. NGS agreed with our recommendation.
Filed under: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services