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Projecting results of an audit to a larger population of providers can be a serious step. Many of the organizations with which I engage feel this pressing need to use the results of individual provider audits to infer an overall pass/fail rate, either to everything that provider does or to…
HHS ordered back to the drawing board – and told to work quickly. A federal judge has upheld a lower court’s ruling that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) exceeded its statutory authority when it reduced the 2018 Medicare reimbursement rate for drugs covered by the federal…
There are steps providers should take for holding managed care plans accountable. Considerable effort is regularly devoted by healthcare providers to overcome coverage denials through the application of the governing rules, such as they can be leveraged. Following the rules is tough in a world where money talks, bringing us…
Adding TKA to the BPCI appears to be more involved than anticipated. As reported by the American Hospital Association and other organizations, starting in 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be adding outpatient total knee arthroplasty (TKA) to the list of episodes in the Bundled Payment…
Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a blog post from agency Administrator Seema Verma titled “Recovery Audits: Improvements to Protect Taxpayer Dollars and put Patients over Paperwork.” In the post, Ms. Verma talked about the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) changes CMS made back in 2015,…
Let’s talk targeted probe-and-educate (TPE) audits. TPE audits have turned out to be “wolf audits” in sheep’s clothing. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asserted that the intent of TPE audits is to reduce provider burden and appeals by combining medical review with provider education. But the “education”…
Confusion could cloud status of psych patients. Tens of thousands of patients present to emergency departments each year expressing suicidal ideation. These patients are often viewed as having low acuity, yet they require emergent attention.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 45,000 Americans die each year…
Verma acknowledges lingering gripes about the RACs, pledges to do better. In touting the federal government’s efforts to make the realities of dealing with Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) more palatable for providers across the country, one of the nation’s top health officials apparently couldn’t help but take a swing at…