Special Bulletin

“Urgent” memo marks obvious disagreement among contractors. In what can only be described as highly unusual, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) has advised home health providers who have had claims audited and denied by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) contractor to appeal those denials. The announcement was made today…
Latest move by CMS raises more questions. CGS, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), on Thursday released an email notice indicating that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has instructed it to stop seeking recoupment or issuing demand letters for Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) Hospital…
Original MLN memo is attached. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today pulled its MLN Matters (No. SE19002), titled, “Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) Removal from the Medicare Inpatient-Only (IPO) List and Application of the Two-Midnight Rule,” from its website. Originally posted on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018, the MLN…
Issues abound in the newest edition of MLN Matters Most of us started our day this past Tuesday by finding the newest edition of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) MLN Matters (No. SE19002) in our email inbox. Titled “Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) Removal from the Medicare Inpatient-Only…
Document was reportedly not to be shared with providers An internal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) memo on inpatient admission orders has come into possession of RACmonitor.  The memo, dated Oct. 3, was written to “clarify” the 2019 fiscal year Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule for…
A brewing problem, or simply an area for clarification for IRFs?   During what was expected to be a plain vanilla review of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment Systems (IRF-PPS) Coverage Requirements and Updates from the FY 2019 Final Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made…
OIG discusses plans in 2018 Work Plan update The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced on Thursday that the agency, along with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has noted “problems” with upcoding in hospital billing to increase payment. As…
THIS STORY HAS CORRECTED TO REFLECT THE NOV. 2 RELEASE OF THE FINAL FOR 2019 EDITOR’S NOTE: CMS on Thursday released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. For 2019 and 2020, we will see no changes to our outpatient, office-based evaluation and management (E&M) services, but things will change come…