OIG: Medicare Errs in Paying for Some Skilled Nursing Care

Medicare is erroneously paying for skilled nursing facility care for beneficiaries who did not spend three nights in an acute-care hospital, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General has concluded. Based on a limited sampling, the OIG estimates that Medicare spent $84 million on such ineligible services from 2013 through 2015. A new report from the OIG explains that We attribute the improper payments to the absence of a coordinated notification mechanism among the hospitals, beneficiaries, and SNFs to ensure compliance with the 3-day rule. We noted that hospitals did not always provide correct [...]