Serra Schlanger Quoted in “OIG Points to Documentation as Key to Billing Compliance in 2016 Work Plan”

HCPro Homecare DIRECTION January 2016

Serra J. Schlanger, an Associate in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in HCPro Homecare DIRECTION, in “OIG Points to Documentation as Key to Billing Compliance in 2016 Work Plan.”

Following is an excerpt:

This year, documentation will continue to play a key, if ill-defined, role in the OIG’s evaluation of home health billing practices, according to Serra J. Schlanger, Esq., attorney in the Healthcare and Life Sciences practice in the Washington, D.C., office of Epstein Becker & Green, PC.

“There’s still a strong focus on documentation requirements and that applies to both hospice and home health providers,” Schlanger says.

The 2016 Work Plan specifies that the OIG will review hospice beneficiaries’ plans of care to determine whether they meet key requirements. And although not as explicitly stated, the watchdog group will likely do the same for home health during their far-reaching evaluation of billing in the sector, Schlanger says.