Articles Posted in Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) and Medicare Appeals

On June 17, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a settlement option for certain IRF appeals pending at any of the four fee-for-service Medicare administrative appeals levels: the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), qualified independent contractor (QIC), the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), and/or the Medicare […]

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) has taken steps towards implementation of its long-anticipated Electronic Case Adjudication and and Processing Environment (ECAPE). ECAPE is designed to function as an electronic case management and workflow system that includes the following operations: Electronic filing of Requests for […]

The Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (“EKRA”) became effective October 24, 2018. ERKA makes it a criminal offense to knowingly and willfully offer, pay, solicit or receive any remuneration (i.e., anything of value), directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, in cash or in kind, to induce a referral (or in exchange for a […]

On November 1, 2018, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a Memorandum Opinion, ordering the Medicare appeals backlog to be eliminated by FY 2022. Specifically, the court ordered that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) achieve the following reductions from the current backlog of 426,594 pending appeals: – […]

On Thursday, August 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Final Rule (the “2019 IPPS Final Rule”).[1]   With the goal to reduce unnecessary administrative burden on physicians and other qualified practitioners, the 2019 IPPS Final Rule revises the […]

Relief will (eventually) be granted to Medicare appellants.  After a years-long battle, on December 5, 2016, the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia granted mandamus relief to the American Hospital Association (“AHA”) and its co-plaintiffs. The Court requested that the parties propose actions the Secretary could take to address the backlog of pending […]

Following a lengthy dispute process and significant delays, on October 31, 2016, CMS awarded new Medicare Fee-for-Service RAC contracts to the following contractors: Region 1 – Performant Recovery, Inc. Region 2 – Cotiviti, LLC Continue Reading →

As many hospitals, as well as other health care providers and suppliers with pending requests for ALJ hearing are acutely aware, lengthy adjudication delays exist within the Medicare appeals process. These delays are most significant at the third level of appeal, i.e., the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) stage of appeal. On May 22, 2014, the […]

On December 9, 2015, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced Senate Bill 2368, the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare (AFIRM) Act of 2015. The purpose and goal of AFIRM is to improve the Medicare audit and appeals process by reducing the burden on […]

In June, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued two new reports on Medicare Part D titled: Ensuring the Integrity of Medicare Part D (available here) and Questionable Billing and Geographic Hotspots Point to Potential Fraud and Abuse in Medicare Part D (available here). In the Ensuring the Integrity of Medicare Part D report, the […]