Latest OIG Risk Adjustment Audit Seeks $6.4 Million From UPMC

Continuing a series of audits in which the HHS Office of Inspector General is reviewing the accuracy of diagnosis codes submitted to CMS by Medicare Advantage organizations, OIG last month said most of the codes it reviewed for UPMC Health Plan, Inc. could not be validated by medical records. The agency used its own extrapolation methodology to estimate that the Pittsburgh-based insurer owes $6.4 million for the 2015 and 2016 payment years, prompting a detailed rebuttal from UPMC and adding to the ongoing debate over the use of sampling to approximate a plan’s true payment error rate.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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