Becky Tarr Home Town Health Presentation 140409 Final

By: Rebecca Corzine Tarr RN, MBA, CPA
Executive Vice President and COO
MedPerformance, LLC
(813) 786-8974
 Introduction
 Today’s Focus is on RACs, MACs, PROBEs
 And
 Denials
 Underpayments & Take Backs
 Appeals
RAC Update
 CMS recovery audits on hold as contractors deal with huge
CMS is winding down its recovery audit program with its
current contractors, placing the program effectively on hold,
perhaps for several months, while it awards new contracts.
CMS has extended its contracts with its current four vendors
until Dec. 31, 2015, for “administrative and transition
activities.” The contracts were to end on Feb. 7.
This time period, while hospitals are not getting any (ADRs),
could still be audited in the future.
The program currently has a three-year look-back period.
RAC Update – Continued
 The deadline has passed for RACs to send a post-payment ADRs.
 Medicare Administrative Contractors can no longer send a pre-
payment ADRs to the Recovery Audit Prepayment Review
June 1st is the last day for auditors to send improper payment files to
Medicare Administrative Contractors for adjustment.
The appeals process has become so overloaded that HHS' Office of
Medicare Hearings and Appeals recently began notifying hospitals
that it won't be able to accept new appeals until the backlog clears.
Sixty-five administrative law judges are now receiving 15,000 claims
per week, when they're only equipped to handle 2,000. That has
meant a collective backlog topping 350,000 appeals.
Don’t let your guard down.
MAC vs. RAC Statistics
 MAC conducted four widespread probes on the below MS-DRGs in response to
medical record review findings identified by the recovery auditor (RA).
MS-DRG 074 Cranial & peripheral nerve disorders w/o MCC
RA error rate was 89.87 percent
MAC error rate was 7.77 percent
MS-DRG 092 Other disorders of nervous system w/CC
RA error rate was 14.29 percent
MAC error rate was 6.49 percent
MS-DRG 419 Laparoscopic cholecystectomy w/o C.D.E. w/o CC/MCC
RA error rate was 91.55 percent
MAC error rate was 2.74 percent
MS-DRG 491 Back & neck procedure except spinal fusion w/o CC/MCC
RA error rate was 91.98 percent
MAC error rate was 23 percent
New Rules – Be Careful
 CMS communications are sometimes misleading and
 Be careful interpreting current guidelines.
 RAC may be on hold, but CMS, MAC, & Probe are not!
 Focus today on what you need to do to get paid
 Medical Necessity
 Etc…
Two Midnight rule – “CMS-1599 F”
 CMS-1599 F = Requirements for Inpatient Admission
 Admission Order
 Physician Certification
 Medical Necessity
 Expectation of a Two-midnight Stay
Two Midnight rule – “CMS-1599 F”
 While CMS is saying to just have physician sign inpatient
orders for 2 midnights, you still need to ensure medical
 You must ensure that y0u have sufficient
 You must have a consistent and 100% compliant
method to get the CMS approved inpatient order,
whether in CPOE or on paper.
 You should audit to minimize your risk of future denials.
Two Midnight rule Denial Results MAC
 Most Current Data Results
 27% Denial Rate
 Denial Reasons
 37% missing, unsigned, invalid order
 63% failed to document 2 midnight expectation
 PROBE Results
 30-60% based on sample size of 10
Results of Original Research Study
 Observation & Inpatient Status: Clinical Impact of the 2
Midnight Rule
Retrospective descriptive study of all observation and IP
encounters between 1/1/12 and 2/28/13 at Midwestern
academic medical center
N = 36,193
Net loss of IP = 14.9%
Estimated revenue loss per case ~ $4,000
Same outcome even when IP only surgeries included
CMS’s claim that more patients will be IP not found to be
Not Just for Acute Care Providers
 Denials are affecting all organizations along the
continuum of care
 Hospice
 Home Health
 Inpatient Rehab
Best Practices
 Centralized Function
 Multi-Disciplinary Team Consisting of:
 RN/Case Managers
 Physician Advisors
 Coders
 Billers
 Revenue Integrity
 Clerical
 Systematic Methodology to approach appeal process
Best Practices - Continued
 Flow charted process
 Role Clarity
 State of the Art Software System
 Easy to use
 Has powerful reporting capabilities
 Alerts to ensure deadlines are met
 Dollars at risk vs. dollars lost
 Focus should be on determining the root cause and putting
preventative measures in place
 Requires support at highest level and process changes in
many facets of the organization
Change Physician Behavior
 Physicians are scientists
 Provide hard facts and data
 Evidenced based Medicine
 Physicians do not like to be outliers
 Leave emotion and finances out of discussions
The Appeal Process
 Appeal process
 Intentionally complex and deceptive process….
 Hard deadlines
 Labor intensive
 Allow recoupment or risk interest
Rebecca Corzine Tarr RN, CPA
Executive Vice President and COO
MedPerformance LLC
[email protected]

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