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Nurse Pract. 2001 Jan;26(1):70-5.

Avoiding Medicare fraud. Part 1.


In 1997, Congress authorized payments to nurse practitioners (NPs) for Medicare-provided services. NP services are now reimbursed at 85% of the physician fee schedule. As this source of reimbursement was realized, so was a new area of liability for NPs. Failure to follow billing rules can result in payment denial, repayment of fees already paid, mandated educational activities, fines, fraud prosecution, loss of Medicare-billing ability, and loss of employment. Appropriate billing entails adhering to guidelines for selecting procedure codes and proper medical documentation. This article identifies high-risk areas for NPs who bill Medicare and provides resources for accessing additional information.

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