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Given the scale and complexity of the Medicare system, outpatient drug billing can be complicated. Incomplete medical records, errors in drug dosage reporting, and a lack of attention to the nuances of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) are just a few factors that contribute to incorrect claims—particularly for outpatient drugs.
In 2014 the Office of Inspector General (OIG), housed within the Department of Health and Human Services, will review Medicare outpatient drug claims to identify incorrect coding and overbilling. This month the OIG is expected to set forth a work plan detailing the projects to be audited and addressed within the fiscal year.