In the hours before everyone began enjoying Labor Day Weekend, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an important inpatient hospital review update.
To expedite the appeals process and reduce the volume of inpatient status claims currently pending, “CMS is now offering an administrative agreement to any hospital willing to withdraw their pending appeals in exchange for timely partial payment (68% of the net allowable amount).”
While CMS says “any hospital,” the administrative agreement offer is only being extended to:
Psychiatric hospitals, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Long-Term Care Hospitals, Cancer Hospitals, and Children’s Hospitals are not eligible to submit a settlement request, and certain hospitals may be excluded from the settlement opportunity based on pending False Claims Act litigation or investigations.
If a hospital proceeds with this settlement opportunity, then the hospital must be willing to settle all pending claims — it may not settle some and continue to appeal others. Detailed directions regarding how to proceed with the settlement process are included in the update.
CMS will post and periodically update a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this settlement process and is accepting emailed questions to MedicareSettlementFAQs@cms.hhs.gov.