Free ZPIC Webinar in April

Mark your calendar!  Reed Smith attorneys Scot Hasselman and Rahul Narula are speaking at an upcoming American Health Care Association Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPIC) Webinar, Navigating ZPIC Audits: Challenges and Solutions for LTC Providers, on April 24, 2012, 2:00 PM, ET.  Currently, ZPICs are conducting audits in healthcare facilities across the U.S., including SNFs. ZPICs replaced CMS’ Program Safeguard Contractors (PSCs), and are investigating potential fraud in the Medicare program by instituting both post- and pre-payment audits to review the integrity of the claims. ZPIC contracts include work for all Medicare claim types including Part A, Home Health, Hospice, Part B, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS), Managed Care (Part C), Prescription Drug (Part D) and Medicare and Medicaid Data Matching. While ZPIC audits are similar in many ways to other Medicare audits currently being performed nationwide; they differ in one important aspect – they are not random. If a LTC provider is contacted by a ZPIC; the auditor already suspects coding and billing irregularities. Please click here to register for the webinar and to learn more about ZPIC audits and how to prepare for these audits.