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Clarifying the “Two-Midnight Rule” and Part A Payments, cont.

Earlier this week, I discussed CMS’ final rule on the prospective payment for acute care and long-term care hospital inpatient services for fiscal year 2014. The final rule provides guidance to physicians on how to designate a patient as inpatient or outpatient and the impact of the designation on Medicare Part A or Part B coverage. This blog will discuss the two midnight rule. More >

Clarifying the “Two-Midnight Rule” and Part A Payments

In August, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced a final rule regarding the prospective payment for acute care and long-term care hospital inpatient services for fiscal year 2014. This rule becomes effective on October 1, 2013. More >

CMS Ruling on Part B Rebilling

Increasingly, Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) and the Medicare Appeals Council were upholding Part A denials on RAC audit appeals based on determinations that inpatient admissions were not reasonable and necessary, and then ordering payment under Part B as if services were rendered at an outpatient or “observation level” of care. The problem with this practice is that Medicare Benefit Policy Manual (“MBPM”) allows hospitals to bill a Part B inpatient claim for only a limited set of medical and other health services. Additionally, the providing for payment of all reasonable and necessary Part B services under these circumstances are contrary to CMS policy that the services be billed within the usual timely filing restrictions. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), concerned about this practice, recently released both a Ruling and a Proposed Rule to seemingly help the hospital community. How much relief it will actually provide is yet to be seen. More >

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