In another example of Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) contradicting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), National Government Services (NGS) on Friday issued a news and alert bulletin that was both controversial and confusing. In the alert, NGS stated that outpatient therapeutic pheresis procedures “must be performed by physicians…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the new Hospice Compare website on Wednesday. According to CMS, the site displays information in a ready-to­­-use format and provides a snapshot of the quality of care each hospice facility offers to its patients. In its announcement Wednesday, CMS said the Hospice…
While hospitals are continuing to wonder when the Recovery Audit Contactors (RACs) are going to be given approval to start auditing short-stay inpatient admissions, the RACs continue to expand their non-admission status targets. Last week, two of the RACs, Cotiviti and Performant, received approval to audit hospitals for the use…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcript of the remarks by Dr. Ronald Hirsch during the July 10th edition of Monitor Mondays, featuring Chief Administrative Law Judge Nancy Griswold. I was privileged to be on this week’s Monitor Monday broadcast, which featured several segments about the new modifications to the…
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