Adam Bird

CMS Seeks to Overhaul Medicare Claims Appeal Process

(July 18, 2016): The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a series of proposed changes to the Medicare claims appeal process. The new rules primarily impact the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level of review, and CMS has indicated that the purpose of these changes is to help reduce the backlog of pending …

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CMS Announces Home Health Pre-Claim Review Demonstration Project for Five States

(July 5, 2016) The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a home health pre-claim review demonstration project to be initiated in five states. According to CMS, the purpose of the new project is to prevent improper Medicare payments, enhance quality of care, and deter waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare program. …

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CMS Expands ALJ Appeal Claim Settlement Process to Include Part A Providers

(April 4, 2016) In an effort to reduce the enormous backlog of pending Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) appeals, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it has expanded the pilot Settlement Conference Facilitation (SCF) process to include Part A claims. This process, which was previously only available to providers with pending …

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Medicare’s Home Health Probe and Educate Program is Underway

(December 4, 2015): The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has directed its contractors to initiate a home health probe and educate program review process with home health agencies around the country. The focus of this program will be to assess agencies’ compliance with the new face-to-face (F2F) documentation requirements that became effective 01/01/15. …

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CMS Issues New Instructions to its Contractors Regarding the Scope of Claim Appeals

(October 15, 2015): In an effort to stem the ever-increasing tide of claim appeals, CMS recently issued new guidance (MLN Matters SE1521) to its Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Qualified Independent Contractors (QICs) regarding the conduct of requests for redetermination and reconsideration, respectively. Effective 08/01/15, MACs and QICs may no longer review claims denied during postpayment …

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CMS Awards Zone 6 ZPIC Contract to SafeGuard Services

(August 15, 2015): The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the contract for Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) services for Zone 6 to SafeGuard Services, LLC. Zone 6 encompasses Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. SafeGuard is the current program …

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