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June 2024 Monthly MMP Wrap-Up

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024

 | Billing 
 | CERT 
 | COVID-19 

May 28, 2024: CMS Updates to Include Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors for Hospice, Rural Health Clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers

In the memorandum summary sent to State Survey Agency Directors, CMS notes the CY 2024 PFS final rule updated the Hospice Conditions of Participation, the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Conditions for Certification, and the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Conditions for Coverage to implement provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023.


For Hospices: The interdisciplinary team must now include at least one social worker, marriage and family therapist or mental health counselor as part of the team. The hospice personnel requirements were updated to add these disciplines.


For RHCs and FQHCs: Staffing and personnel requirements were updated to include marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors as part of the collaborative team approach to providing services. Also, definitions of several health care professionals who are already eligible to provide services at RHCs and FQHCs were updated, including the definition of “nurse practitioner,” to align with current standards of professional practice.


Comprehensive Error Rate Testing Program: Reduced Sample Size Starting Reporting Year (RY) 2025

The CERT selects a stratified random sample of Part A/B claims submitted to the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs). The sample size allows CMS to calculate a national improper payment rate and contractor-and-service-specific improper payment rates. The sample size is considered to reflect all claims processed by the Medicare FFS program in the report period. CMS recently announced that beginning with the RY 2025, the sample size will be permanently reduced from 50,000 to 37,500 claims annually. CMS notes on their CERT webpage that “it is important to note that the improper payment rate is not a “fraud rate,” but is a measurement of payments that did not meet Medicare requirements.”


June 7, 2024: FDA Approves Expanded Age Indication for GSK’s Arexvy

GSK noted in their announcement that “over 13 million US adults aged 50-59 have a medical condition that increased their risk of RSV outcomes.” Further, the US FDA has approved Arexvy (Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine, Adjuvanted) for the prevention of RSV lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD) in adults 50 through 59 years who are at increased risk for example, adults with COPD, asthma, heart failure and/or diabetes.


June 10, 2024: OIG Semiannual Report to Congress

OIG released their semiannual report for the 6-month period ending March 31, 2024. Inspector General Christi A. Grim notes that OIG used experts and authorities, highly developed data analysis techniques, and strong partnerships with other law enforcement and oversight entities, OIG identified $2.76 billion in expected recoveries and issued 195 recommendations and completed 60 audits and 18 evaluations in this reporting period. Inspector General Grim went on to indicate that OIG’s health care work consistently yields a positive return on investment of around $10 returned to every $1 invested.


June 11, 2024: Long COVID Defined

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a new definition for “Long COVID” – “that it is an infection-associated chronic condition that occurs after COVID-19 infection and is present for at least three months as a continuous, relapsing and remitting, or progressive disease state that affects one or more organ systems.”


June 20, 2024 MLN Connects: Watch out for Medicare Record Request Phishing Scam

CMS notes they have identified phishing scams for medical records. In the June 20th edition of MLN Connects they provide an example, signs of a scam to look for in a request.
Article Author: Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS
Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, is the Manager of Clinical Analytics at Medical Management Plus, Inc. Beth has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare including eleven years in Case Management at a large multi-facility health system. In her current position, Beth is a principle writer for MMP’s Wednesday@One weekly e-newsletter, an active member of our HIPAA Compliance Committee, MMP’s Education Department Program Director and co-developer of MMP’s proprietary Compliance Protection Assessment Tool.

This material was compiled to share information.  MMP, Inc. is not offering legal advice. Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and useful.