The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded the Comparative Billing Report (CBR) contract to SafeGuard Services LLC (SGS). A Comparative Billing Report or CBR is a documented analysis that shows a provider's billing pattern for various procedures or services and compares that billing to their peers.
CMS has authorized SGS to begin producing nationwide CBRs beginning in 2010. SGS, as the CBR Producer, has begun to develop an inventory of potential topics for study. CBRs will be produced using national data from Medicare A, B and DME. Once each study has been completed, the CBR will be mailed or faxed to the providers that were selected under the topic criteria. A maximum of 5,000 providers will be selected per CBR topic. The CBR, approximately 4 pages in length will also be distributed to each provider in a PDF format. If, after reviewing the document the provider has any questions, they would then be able to call into the SGS CBR support team, whose contact information will be provided on each CBR.
The CBR is not intended to be punitive or sent as an indication of fraud. Rather it is intended to be a proactive statement that will help the provider identify potential errors in their billing practice. A CBR contains peer comparisons which can be used to provide helpful insights into their coding and billing practices. The information provided is designed to help the provider prevent improper billing and payment.
For more information, contact SGS by filling out the CBR Support Information Request Form.