Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) Program
Many New Hampshire school districts are receiving correspondence from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicating that the agency is making a “PERM – Initial Request for Medical Records.” This request is the initiation of a federal audit for school Medicaid reimbursements that public school districts have received pursuant to school Medicaid reimbursement programs. Please be aware if your school district has recently received one of these letters, they are legitimate, and your attention is required. These are real federal audits of Medicaid that occur every couple of years or so and select random Medicaid providers, like schools.
“The Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA) of 2002 (amended in 2010 by the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act or IPERA) requires the heads of Federal agencies to annually review programs they administer and identify those that may be susceptible to significant improper payments, to estimate the amount of improper payments, to submit those estimates to Congress, and to submit a report on actions the agency is taking to reduce the improper payments. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has identified Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as programs at risk for significant improper payments.” For more information, please click here.
If your school district works with MSB and has received a letter, please contact us and we can work with you as to your response to the request.