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In brief: Apria ditches SEC reports, Invacare outsources IT


LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Apria Healthcare will no longer file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to a Form-8K dated Jan. 21.

OIG to CMS: Review oversight process for CERT


BALTIMORE – The error rate reduction plans of Medicare claims administrator contractors are not always relevant to CERT results and vary substantially in number, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Providers avoid shortened timeframe

CMS had wanted to require them to respond to initial documentation requests in 60 days

WASHINGTON – It looks like the timeframe for responding to initial documentation requests as part of the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program will stand at 75 days.

MACs join forces to reduce denials


WASHINGTON – The Part A and Part B Medicare Administrative Contractors have formed a task force to educate on national issues of concern regarding improper payment errors, they have announced.