CMS’ April 15, 2013 deadline to lift the hold on all home health final claims has come and gone with no fix for the technical issues. CMS sent a message via the Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) email list on April 16th stating that claims were still being held due to “technical issues with certain parts of the April 2013 quarterly systems release.”
CMS assures that they are working to quickly resolve the issues and will release a statement to announce the new anticipated release date for home health claims once it has been determined.
There is speculation by some in the industry that the issues may have been caused by the 2% sequestration cut since the hold began on April 1, 2013.
Until next time,