As CMS Finalizes RADV Rule, Prior Audits Shed Light on Payment Errors, High-Risk Codes

In a highly anticipated final rule on the Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Data Validation program, CMS on Jan. 30 said it would extrapolate RADV audit findings starting with the 2018 payment year. Notably, CMS will not extrapolate RADV audit findings for payment years 2011 through 2017 as it had previously proposed. Currently, CMS reviews a small sample of patient medical records to compare them with billing codes sent to the federal government. Under the final rule, CMS will extrapolate the error rate found in the sample to the entire plan. Additionally, the rule finalized a plan to not apply a “fee-for-service adjuster” to its audit methodology. Using the new methodology, CMS officials said the agency expected to recover $479 million in overpayments from 2018 alone, and an extra $4.7 billion from 2023 through 2032.

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Jinghong Chen

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Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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