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Archive for August, 2012

Update: Boren Calls for Federal Investigation of Connolly, Inc.

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by Michael Freeman

U.S. Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK) requested a federal investigation into the tactics employed by Connolly, Inc. and other RAC Contractors.  TFG feels that RAC Contractors play an important role in protecting the Medicare Program but their activities may overreach due in part to their incentive structure.  We also feel that RAC audits can have a disproportionate impact on smaller providers.   Here you can find a copy of the statement released by Congressmen Boren’s office.  Amen!!

Update: EHR Incentive Program: Stage 2 Final Rule

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by Michael Freeman

CMS announced a final rule to govern Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.  The rule specifies the Stage 2 criteria that must be met in order to continue to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs. (more…)

Update: IPF PPS-Update for Fiscal Yr Beg. 10/1/12 (FY 2013)

Posted on: August 27th, 2012 by Michael Freeman

The linked notice (published 8/7/12) updates the PPS rates for Medicare inpatient services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF’s).  These changes affect discharges occurring during the FY 2013 (10/1/12-9/30/13).  Major provisions in this update include: (more…)

Update: LA Medicaid DRG Validation due 8/31/12 – Extended 9/7/12

Posted on: August 26th, 2012 by Michael Freeman

Around August 22, 2012, all Louisiana hospitals should have received a Medicaid DRG Validation request from the Louisiana Hospital Association or LA DHH.  There is a 8/31/12 deadline for response.  If not responded to by that date, Burns Health Policy will accept their data as reported to establish hospital specific base year cost.  It is critical that we get the files forwarded to our office for our review as soon as possible.  We have a very short time period to review and identify inaccuracies that will affect the base year Medicaid Rate that is being established. (more…)

Reminder: Deadline to Change to a 12/31 year end

Posted on: August 26th, 2012 by Michael Freeman

Providers have until September 2, 2012 to change their Medicare Cost Report year end to December 31.  If you wish to change your cost report year end to December 31 and have good cause your intermediary/MAC must receive your request by September 2, 2012.  Typically converting your cost reporting period to a calendar year end constitutes good cause. (more…)