Don't Forget About Physician Supervision Requirements

Law360, New York (September 25, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT) -- Recently, the government announced that it has entered into two separate settlement agreements with provider organizations and individual physicians to resolve claims of noncompliance with the physician supervision requirements under Medicare. The settlement agreements were entered into with federal agencies and state bodies to resolve claims that the organizations had improperly billed Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare for services provided.

The central allegation of the improper billing claims in both of these cases was that physicians were not overseeing services provided to patients at the appropriate level of supervision required during the course of the testing or treatment. These supervision requirements are...

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