421.304 Medicare integrity program contractor functions.§ 421.304 Medicare integrity program contractor functions.
The contract between CMS and a Medicare integrity program contractor specifies the functions the contractor performs. The contract may include any or all of the following functions:
(a) Conducting medical reviews, utilization reviews, and reviews of potential fraud related to the activities of providers of services and other individuals and entities (including entities contracting with CMS under parts 417 and 422 of this chapter) furnishing services for which Medicare payment may be made either directly or indirectly.
(b) Auditing, settling and determining cost report payments for providers of services, or other individuals or entities (including entities contracting with CMS under parts 417 and 422 of this chapter), as necessary to help ensure proper Medicare payment.
(c) Determining whether a payment is authorized under title XVIII, as specified in section 1862(b) of the Act, and recovering mistaken and conditional payments under section 1862(b) of the Act.
(d) Educating providers, suppliers, beneficiaries, and other persons regarding payment integrity and benefit quality assurance issues.
(e) Developing, and periodically updating, a list of items of DME that are frequently subject to unnecessary utilization throughout the contractor's entire service area or a portion of the area, in accordance with section 1834(a)(15)(A) of the Act.