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Issues abound in prominent payer coding guidance. By now, many hospitals have received denials for emergency department level-of-care coding. We could legitimately ask, “how did this happen?” Today we shall address how it started, why it’s important, and potential institutional responses. Denials for emergency care are not new. The spectrum…
Payers and providers square off to ensure patients aren’t stuck with huge costs. EDITOR’S NOTE: Matthew Albright, chief legislative affairs officer for Zelis and the former Director of the Administrative Simplification Group of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), granted me an interview recently. What follows are excerpts…
Let’s talk targeted probe-and-educate (TPE) audits – again. I received quite a bit of feedback on my recent RACmonitor article regarding Medicare TPE audits being a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” So I decided to delve into more depth by contacting providers who had reached out to me to discuss specific…
Healthcare system drops petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge the constitutionality of the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act Last month, several media outlets reported that Intermountain Health, a Utah-based health system that operates 22 hospitals and dozens of group clinics, urgent care facilities, a home healthcare…
Medicare Advantage Plan contracts are “take-it-or-leave-it” agreements Many questions are swirling about regarding Medicare Advantage Plan (MAP) denials asking what to do about the increasing number and given reasons.  I’ve heard or read some amazing stories where payers have gone to astounding lengths to deny claims.  Answers are also swirling…
Major realignment is scheduled for this weekend. As reported last week by RACmonitor, in a restructuring of the Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) jurisdictions, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created 10 regions across the United States and awarded KEPRO, a BFCC-QIO, a new five-year…
The highest court in the land cited a failure by HHS to follow notice-and-comment obligations. In a ruling made public Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with hospitals that had sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over a payment policy change. The 7-1 decision in…
OIG’s report to Congress profiles plenty of activity, including the ongoing battle against the opioid abuse epidemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is in the business of rooting out “fraud, waste, and abuse” in the nation’s healthcare system, to echo the…