OIG: Physicians Should be Cautious When Reassigning Their Medicare Payments

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The Office of Inspector General is encouraging physicians to scrutinize entities before they reassign their right to bill the Medicare program, since the physicians may be liable if false claims are submitted by those entities.

Recently, the OIG reached settlements with eight physicians involved in the submission of false claims to Medicare by physician medicine companies. Those physicians had reassigned their Medicare payments to various physical medicine companies in exchange for positions as medical directors.

While serving in these roles, the physicians did not directly supervise any services, but those companies claimed the physicians performed services and billed for such. The physicians failed to monitor the services billed using their provider numbers.

The OIG is now reminding physicians that they have the right to access entities' billing information concerning services the physician is alleged to have performed and for which the entity is billing Medicare.  

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