HCFA hosts summit on third party billing companies

The Health Care Financing Administration will host a summit meeting later today with representatives from third party billing companies, the HHS Office of Inspector General and the General Accounting Office (GAO) to develop a consensus on how to regulate this emerging industry.

HCFA's Director of Program Integrity recently came under sharp attack by members of the House Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight for not implementing recommendations made by GAO last year.

The Healthcare Billing and Management Association weighed in that while it supports registration of billing companies, that measure is not likely to solve this complex problem by itself.