November 18, 2016

OIG Work Plan Excludes Longstanding Imaging Audit

There is good news and potential challenges for radiologists and radiation oncologists in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG’s) Fiscal Year 2017 Work Plan, according to Tom Hoffman, JD, associate general counsel of the American College of Radiology.

Hoffman notes in an analysis for Advocacy in Action that the recently released work plan serves as the HHS OIG’s annual playbook describing planned investigations, audits and reports for FY 2017. Developments relevant to medical imaging and radiation oncology include:

  • Removal of a longstanding audit of Medicare Part B payments for imaging services’ practice expenses
  • Continued auditing of Medicare payments for portable X-ray services
  • An audit of networked medical devices, including radiology systems, for potential cybersecurity vulnerability
  • A possible shift in focus for the continuing audit of Medicare payments for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).

Click here to read Hoffman’s full analysis.