Impact of Policy Adjustments on Telehealth Fraud
On May 19, 2021, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) provided feedback to Congress regarding their opinions on the effectiveness of the overwhelming 200 healthcare policy changes that Congress and CMS instituted during the interval of January through July 2020, in response to the coronavirus public health emergency. Aside from the obvious and necessary benefits of these changes in response to the pandemic, MedPac raises concerns about the detrimental impact in the realm of fraud in healthcare: “…not all actors in the healthcare system are well-intentioned”.
Audits of Telehealth Services During COVID-19
Relaxed telehealth restrictions is a necessary step to limit potential COVID-19 exposure in physician offices in the emergency period. With this change, unfortunately, the US Justice Department estimates telehealth-related fraud has expanded significantly since early 2020 – approximated at 4.5 billion dollars.
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Healthcare Fraud
During the pandemic, healthcare claim fraud prevails as new fraud schemes develop and adapt to the changes in healthcare guidelines enacted, so providers can continue to treat patients. Two major areas of FWA expansion during the pandemic include Telehealth and COVID-19-related laboratory testing add-on services.
Janssen Single-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine is Pending FDA Emergency Use Authorization
UPDATED AS OF 6/9/2021. Janssen Biotech, Inc. applied to the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, which may be a highly desirable weapon used to fight the virus based on characteristics and efficacy data.
Effective dates now known for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, AstraZeneca vaccine coming
Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccine codes receive effective dates, AstraZeneca vaccine assigned procedure codes but not yet effective.