Backlog to the Future? Part 3

Home care agencies who have received additional development requests (ADRs) are experiencing an ever-increasing ALJ backlog. The following is the final part of a 3-part series on the current state of ADRs and the ALJ backlog.

Backlog to the Future? Part 2

Home care agencies who have received additional development requests (ADRs) are experiencing an ever-increasing ALJ backlog. The following is part 2 of a 3-part series on the current state of ADRs and the ALJ backlog. Find Part One here. As we mentioned last week, a federal judge ruled that OMHA must seek to reduce the ALJ backlog... Continue Reading →

Backlog to the Future? Part One: The State of ALJs

Home care agencies who have received additional development requests are experiencing an ever-increasing ALJ backlog. An additional development request (ADR) is generated to request documentation from a provider to assist with adjudicating a Medicare claim. Since 2010, the number of claims awaiting an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing has steadily climbed, along with the wait time for... Continue Reading →

The Impact of Quality Reporting on Star Ratings

A tightly interwoven loop illustrates the impact of quality reporting on star ratings ... and the importance of the relationship between the two. Star ratings encourage providers to strive for higher levels of quality. They support consumers’ health care decision-making by providing easily recognizable differences in quality when selecting a health care provider. The higher the... Continue Reading →

RCD … Starts December 10: Except When It Doesn’t

Let's discuss the RCD implementation delay. The Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for Home Health Services was scheduled to begin in Illinois on December 10, 2018. Numerous CMS webinars, Palmetto GBA webinars, and a CMS Open Door Forum all said so.  However, that date seems to be a mirage, at least for the present time. Due... Continue Reading →

TPE Update: The Only Constant is Change

Yet Another Update to TPE (Targeted Probe and Educate) THIS JUST IN! (This post updates a blog written and published on 11/8/18) Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) CGS Administrators has just posted its first update to Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) activity in nearly a year, and immediately updated it. Four more areas to receive additional... Continue Reading →

Cirque de Home Health: Juggling Payment Risks – TPE update

THIS JUST IN - TPE UPDATE! Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) CGS Administrators has just posted its first update to Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) activity in nearly a year. Four more areas will receive further scrutiny. These TPE updates are in addition to Home Health Eligibility & Medical Necessary and Length of Stay (LOS) with... Continue Reading →

It’s Alive! The Return of Pre-Claim Review… in the Form of Review Choice Demonstration

After a pause of more than a year, CMS will soon resume the pre-claim review (PCR) demonstration project in five selected states. The pre-claim review is now called Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for Home Health Services and there are some changes. First of all, tweaks in the new process "offer more flexibility and choice for providers,... Continue Reading →

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