When confronted with a complaint, allegation or event that implicates a potential Medicare overpayment, hospices have an affirmative duty under the federal 60-day repayment rule to conduct an investigation and refund any overpayment. In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske and Andrew Brenton share tips and tools for conducting internal investigations and determining when an issue implicates payment. Tune in here: https://www.huschblackwell.com/newsandinsights/nuts-and-bolts-of-a-repayment-investigation-keys-to-conducting-investigations-under-the-60-day-repayment-rule

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Photo of Meg S.L. Pekarske Meg S.L. Pekarske

Meg has devoted her legal practice to serving the everchanging legal needs of the hospice industry. As chair of Husch Blackwell’s Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group, she manages the firm’s hospice practice. In working day in and day out with hospice clients

Meg has devoted her legal practice to serving the everchanging legal needs of the hospice industry. As chair of Husch Blackwell’s Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group, she manages the firm’s hospice practice. In working day in and day out with hospice clients across the country, Meg is intimately familiar with the operational challenges of hospices and has the experience to address the full spectrum of legal issues facing the industry, from routine regulatory compliance issues to multimillion dollar Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC), Medicaid and other government audits. Additionally, Meg routinely advises hospices on palliative care program development, innovative inpatient unit structures, fraud investigations and a wide range of contracting issues. With an extensive background in long-term care, Meg brings a unique perspective and skill set to helping hospices create successful partnerships with nursing homes and assisted living facilities and providing quality end-of-life care to patients.

Photo of Andrew Brenton Andrew Brenton

Andrew is part of the firm’s coast-to-coast Hospice & Palliative Care Team, working with clients on a broad range of regulatory concerns, from compliance to business growth. He answers questions that might otherwise keep clients awake at night. Andrew and the team…

Andrew is part of the firm’s coast-to-coast Hospice & Palliative Care Team, working with clients on a broad range of regulatory concerns, from compliance to business growth. He answers questions that might otherwise keep clients awake at night. Andrew and the team also help navigate clients through a wide range of Medicare and Medicaid audits, fraud and repayment investigations, and contracting issues.