Random Medicare audit.

  • Usually, there is an invitation for a telephone interview. The invitation states the topic of conversation, e.g. item 23.
  • During the interview, the Medicare officer asks questions about GP’s billing practices.
  • The questions are very similar to the item descriptor from Medicare Schedule.
  • For as long as you give the right answers, you are OK.

Practice points. Prepare for the interview:

  • Read the item descriptor, print it out and keep it in front of you during the interview.
  • Discuss the upcoming interview with a consultant,  manager or colleague.
  • Do not be afraid to politely ask the Medicare officer to repeat the question if not sure.