HHS based on age, disability, terminal illness, or an individual‟s quality of life preference. Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP Program Integrity Provisions: The Secretary will establish procedures to screen providers and suppliers participating in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. Providers and suppliers enrolling or re-enrolling will be subject to new requirements including a fee, disclosure of current or previous affiliations with any provider or supplier that has uncollected debt, has had their payments suspended, has been excluded from participating in a Federal health care program, or has had their billing privileges revoked. The Secretary is authorized to deny enrollment in these programs if these affiliations pose an undue risk. Enhanced Medicare and Medicaid Program Integrity Provisions: CMS will include in the integrated data repository (IDR) claims and payment data from Medicare (Parts A, B, C, and D), Medicaid, CHIP, health-related programs administered by the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD), the Social Security Administration, and the Indian Health Service (IHS). New penalties will exclude individuals who order or prescribe an item or service, make false statements on applications or contracts to participate in a Federal health care program, or who know of an overpayment and do not return the overpayment. Each violation would be subject to a fine of up to $50,000. The Secretary will take into account the volume of billing for a DME supplier or home health agency when determining the size of a surety bond. The Secretary may suspend payments to a
11 provider or supplier pending a fraud investigation. Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) funding will be increased by $10 million each year for fiscal years 2011 through 2020. The Secretary will establish a national health care fraud and abuse data collection program for reporting adverse actions taken against health care providers, suppliers, and practitioners, and submit information on the actions to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). The Secretary will have the authority to disenroll a Medicare enrolled physician or supplier who fails to maintain and provide access to written orders or requests for payment for durable medical equipment (DME), certification for home health services, or referrals for other items and services. The HHS Secretary will expand the number of areas to be included in round two of the DME competitive bidding program from 79 of the largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) to 100 of the largest MSAs, and to use competitively bid prices in all areas by 2016. Additional Medicaid Program Integrity Provisions: States must terminate individuals or entities from their Medicaid programs if the individuals or entities were terminated from Medicare or another state‟s Medicaid program. Medicaid agencies must exclude individuals or entities from participating in Medicaid for a specified period of time if the entity or individual owns, controls, or manages an entity that: (1) has failed to repay overpayments; (2) is suspended, excluded, or terminated from participation
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