You get a letter from your state Medicaid program telling you that it will be arriving in your office in 1 week to audit 100 charts. By virtue of being a Medicaid provider, you must comply with the program’s request. Medicaid audits occur more often than you are aware. State Medicaid programs have expanded the performance of “random” audits and patients and employees are encouraged to report possible abuse or fraud. Audits may be performed when claims data show a practice to be outside the bell curve or when inappropriate billing practices are noted. Some basic tips to help you through an audit include

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