Physician’s Past with Practice Owing Medicare Debt Could Stifle New Enrollment

May 6, 2013 – In The News
Part B News

William Maruca was quoted in the Part B News article, "Physician’s Past with Practice Owing Medicare Debt Could Stifle New Enrollment." While the full text can be found in the May 6, 2013, issue of Part B News, a synopsis is noted below.

Imagine that you’re about to hire a physician who left a practice because of another doctor’s pattern of overcharging and incorrectly coding procedures. Under a proposed rule published April 29, if the former colleague was caught and owed an outstanding Medicare debt, your physician’s enrollment could be denied.

The rule would allow denial of enrollment applications for owners, providers or suppliers affiliated with an entity that owes Medicare debt, such as overpayments or other penalties. HHS is “trying to broaden the reasons under which they can refuse an application,” says attorney William Maruca.