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FINALLY SOME RELIEF TO PROVIDERS—CMS ORDERED TO NO LONGER APPLY A COMMON RULE OF THUMB WHEN AUDITING

Health care providers are always at risk of a payor audit, and contracted auditors seem to be more aggressive now than ever. While MIC, MAC, and ZPIC audits as well as pre-payment reviews of late have become more efficient with the use of rules of thumb to flag specific codes commonly misapplied, the U.S. District Court of Vermont’s ruling in Jimmo v. Sebelius puts the brakes on such fishing expeditions.   In holding that, in the case of skilled nursing services, there is no “improvement standard” and claims should be reviewed on a case by case basis, the court has limited CMS in its ability to apply arbitrary standards in denying reimbursement for covered services. More >

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