August 30, 2021
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new Special Edition Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on the impact of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) on Medicare Part B claims for telehealth. Physicians can use these data-driven report to compare their billing practices during the PHE with those of peers in their state and across the nation.
The CBR program was created by CMS as an educational tool for providers, intended to enhance accurate billing and/or prescribing practices and support providers’ internal compliance activities.
CBRs reflect a specific provider’s billing and/or prescribing patterns as compared to his/her peers’ patterns within a service area that may be prone to improper Medicare Part B payments. Each CBR is unique to a single provider, is disseminated only to that individual provider, and is not publicly available.
Receiving a CBR is not an indication of or precursor to an audit, and it requires no response on a provider’s part.
Look for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to access your report. Update your email address in the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) to ensure delivery.
CMS is also hosting a live webinar on September 8, 2021, from 12-1 pm Pacific time. This session will review this special edition CBR.