Actually, regardless of your innocence in here you should not go into these audits without an attorney. The problem with medical practice today is the regulations require almost a PhD in billing to keep up with and to make sure all of the records are done properly. The issue is that no doctor can get it all straight and survive an audit without any violations and the key is that there is no intentional billing fraud or gross errors in the billing. The attorney will sit down and keep the audit focused on the fact that there is no intentional misconduct or billing practice fraud. I am afraid there is no way any doctor can protect themselves from all of these error.
You need to engage a healthcare attorney to represent you in the audit. You also need to consider at least a part time billing/office manager who is certified and qualified in billing and charting practices to keep your records straight. This is all you can do to keep yourself protected.
The botXXXXX XXXXXne is most doctors go through these audits with nothing more than a warning when minor violations are found and it is not until major violations or intentional fraud are found or repeated misconduct that they pursue significant fines or sanctions against the doctors.
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