CMS agrees to settle appeals for IRF facilities following a two-year disputed with the industry. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced voluntary settlement options for inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) providers with claims that have not yet exhausted the Qualified Independent Contractor (QIC), Office of Medicare Hearings…
While we’ve addressed this titular issue in prior articles, it is one of the most common issues about which we receive questions from the field in our consulting practice. Chapter 1, Section 110.2.4 of the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual outlines Medicare’s requirements for physician supervision of the patient in the…
The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System Final Rule for the 2018 fiscal year was published Aug. 3, 2017 without any major changes in policy and with the expected minimal updates to payment. Some key provisions of the Final Rule include the following. Specifically, it: Updates the federal prospective…
In news long awaited by physical therapists in private practice, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released guidance implementing rules for the policy informally known as “locum tenens,” Latin for “to hold the place of, to substitute for.”  Beginning on June 13, physical therapists (PTs) will be…