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Claims Reimbursement

CMS Paid $4M in Excess GME Medicare Reimbursement, OIG Finds

November 14, 2018 - Audits performed by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) showed that hospitals received excess Graduate Medical Education (GME) Medicare reimbursement after counting residents and interns as more than one full-time equivalent (FTE). CMS is responsible for ensuring hospitals comply with federal requirements when claiming GME Medicare reimbursement. The supplemental payments offset...


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Court Orders HHS to Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog by 2022

by Jacqueline LaPointe

HHS must eliminate the Medicare appeals backlog at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level by the end of the 2022 fiscal year, according to a recent court order. Judge James E. Boasberg of the US District Court for the District of...

CMS Commits to Modernizing Medicare Billing for Office Visits

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Finalizing the consolidation of Medicare billing codes for evaluation and management (E/M) outpatient and office visits is the first step for CMS as the federal agency modernizes the payment structure for office visits, CMS Administrator...

Docs More Supportive of E/M Payment Changes, But Concerns Remain

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare industry groups remain concerned about collapsing evaluation and management (E/M) payment rates for most office visits, but the groups are generally more supportive of the final E/M payment changes. In the recently finalized...

Would the IPI Model Reduce Medicare Reimbursement for Providers?

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Physicians and hospitals would not see Medicare reimbursement drop under the proposed International Pricing Index (IPI) model, the former Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Drug Pricing Reform recently assured providers. “The model...

AHA, AAMC to Challenge Site-Neutral Payment Policy in Court

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The American Hospital Association (AHA), along with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and their member hospitals, plan to bring a lawsuit against CMS for recently released site-neutral payment rules for hospital clinic...

Site-Neutral Payments for Hospital Clinic Visits Starting in 2019

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospitals will face site-neutral payments for clinic visits, but not for new clinical families of services, according to the new final 2019 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule. CMS recently finalized the contentious...

CMS Shifting Home Health to Value-Based Payments Under New Model

by Jacqueline LaPointe

CMS recently finalized a new value-based payment system for home health agencies that would move Medicare reimbursement away from the volume of therapy delivered. Medicare will start to reimburse home health agencies under the...

Potential Medicare Reimbursement Demo to Lower Part B Drug Prices

by Jacqueline LaPointe

In an effort to control prescription drug prices, HHS is proposing a mandatory demonstration that would test a new Medicare reimbursement model for certain physician-administered drugs payable under Part B. The proposed International...

CMS to Help Medicaid Reimburse for Maternal Opioid Misuse Care

by Jacqueline LaPointe

CMS recently announced that it will be awarding up to $64.6 million to 12 state Medicaid agencies to help develop Medicaid reimbursement and care delivery strategies for maternal opioid misuse treatment. The awards are part of the new...

More Site-Neutral Payments to Impact Value-Based Care, Reps Says

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Over 130 members of the House of Representatives recently urged CMS to reconsider a proposed expansion of site-neutral payments to grandfathered off-campus provider-based hospital departments in 2019. The Oct. 18, 2018 letter to CMS...

200 Hospitals Face 5.5% Medicare Payment Cut Under Site-Neutral Rule

by Jacqueline LaPointe

About six percent of hospitals subject to the Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) would be disproportionately impacted by a recent proposal to expand site-neutral Medicare payments, a new analysis shows. The 200...

3 Strategies to Minimize the Burden of Prior Authorizations

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Prior authorizations, or prior approvals, are strategies that payers use to control costs and ensure their members only receive medically necessary care. The cost-control process requires providers to acquire advance approval from payers...

Medicare DSH Payment Case Makes Its Way to the Supreme Court

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Supreme Court recently agreed to review an appeal on a case that could affect up to $4 billion in Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments. Supreme Court judges approved a request from HHS to revisit an appellate...

Auditors Recouped $214M in Medicare Improper Payments in 2016

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) returned significantly more Medicare improper payments to the program’s trust fund during the 2016 fiscal year (FY), a recent CMS report to Congress shows. In FY 2016, the Medicare auditors returned...

Medicare Advantage Plans Overturn 75% of Their Own Claim Denials

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A new report from the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reveals “widespread and persistent problems” related to prior authorization and claim denials in Medicare Advantage. Using Medicare Advantage data on denials,...

Clinical Documentation Improvement Solutions Up Provider Revenue

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Provider organizations are seeing financial improvements after implementing clinical documentation improvement (CDI) solutions, a recent KLAS survey shows. Revenue improved for about 53 percent of healthcare executives, medical records...

AHA Decries Proposed Expansion of Outpatient Site-Neutral Payments

by Jacqueline LaPointe

CMS should withdraw new proposals to expand site-neutral payments to hospital outpatient clinic visits and services from expanded clinical families delivered at off-campus provider-based departments (PBDs), the American Hospital...

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