Protecting patient rights is one of the cornerstones of Medicare policy. As a doctor, I can assure you that I would rather patients concentrate on their health and not worry about whether their medical providers or their insurers are making decisions for them based on considerations that are not in…
Medicare Advantage plans appear to be following their own rules. Many of the national Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are misusing commercial guidelines and making up their own rules, as they see fit, in order to avoid paying hospitals equitably for the care provided to their members. That was the assessment…
Five areas of concern are noted by the author. In the first part of this series, we examined audit risks associated with observation claims. We should review what other risk areas providers might expect and why, as Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) ramp up reviews again. According to Centers for Medicare…
The Low Income Pool or “LIP” is a funding pool designed to support health care providers that provide uncompensated care to Florida residents who are uninsured or underinsured.  There are multiple states with similar programs. CMS approved the LIP in 2005 as part of a section 1115 demonstration project (usually…
We have been reminding inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), repeatedly of late, and now we’re down to the final two months before the transition away from utilizing Functional Independence Measures (FIMtm) to assign patients to a case-mix group (CMG) and toward using key quality indictor data – specifically, the GG Self-Care…
Rules and regulations are always changing. Many readers may remember the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transmittal 534. This was released in early August 2014, and it would have given Medicare contractors the ability to automatically deny associated physician claims when a hospital claim was denied. As written,…
Concerns are related to observation claims. By now just about everyone has surely heard about Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma’s blog post on May 2, 2019. In the post, Verma asserted that CMS would require Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) to “maintain a 95 percent accuracy…
A new five-year partnership between the Boston University School of Public Health and Sharecare is launched. Over the past decade, there has been a data explosion in healthcare, especially for tracking, defining, and addressing the social determinants of health (SDoH). This has included the following: Predictive analytics to prioritize Medicaid…
President Trump issues an executive order on kidney disease and a new payment model for radiation therapy. As reported by Dr. Ronald Hirsch on the RACmonitor.com Monitor Mondays webcast, last week the president issued an executive order on kidney disease. The executive order was touted by many in the medical…
Coverage would include those suffering from chronic lower back pain who are also enrolled in approved studies. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to cover acupuncture for Medicare patients who suffer from chronic lower back pain and are also enrolled participants in certain clinical trials –…