George F. Indest III, Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing a three-year Medicare Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services in the states of Illinois, Florida, and Texas Michigan and Massachusetts.
The CMS Pre-Claim Review Demonstration officially began in Illinois on August 3, 2016, however, early information received from Illinois, has caused a change of plans. CMS now believes that additional education efforts will be beneficial before expansion of the demonstration to other states. Therefore, on September 20, 2016, CMS announced it will not move forward with initiating the demonstration in Florida in October of 2016, as originally planned.
CMS views these additional educational efforts as crucial to the long-term success of the demonstration for beneficiaries, providers, and the Medicare program. CMS will therefore, take additional time prior to expanding to other states. The start dates for Florida, Texas, Michigan, and Massachusetts have not been announced; however, CMS stated that it will provide at least 30 days’ notice on its website prior to beginning in any state. CMS continues to expect a scattered start, beginning with Florida.
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“Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services.” CMS.gov. (September 20, 2016). Web.
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