In brief: CMS sort of limits RAC requests, CBIC updates website

Thursday, October 21, 2010

BALTIMORE - CMS has set some limits on the number of medical records that Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) can request in 2011. The limits will be set by CMS on a regular basis to establish a cap per supplier on the maximum number of records that a RAC may request per 45-day period. The initial limit will be set at 10% of all claims submitted for the previous calendar year, divided into eight, 45-day periods. During fiscal year 2011, CMS will allow the RACS to request permission to increase the number of documents that can be requested. For more information, contact

CBIC updates website

WASHINGTON - The Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) posted eight documents to its website last week, including a bidding timeline that still gives September 2010 as the target date for releasing the names of the winning bidders. Other documents address, among other things, licensure, subcontracting and marketing. AAHomecare officials said last week that they were combing through the documents for any new information. Read the documents at

Speaking in code: Good-bye ICD-9, hello ICD-10

BALTIMORE - Beginning Oct. 1, 2013, HME providers will have to replace ICD-9 diagnoses codes on claims with longer, more specific ICD-10 codes, CMS reported last week. To smooth the transition to the new code set, CMS will implement a partial freeze on new ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes following the Oct. 1, 2011 update. At that time, only limited code updates to both ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets will be made to capture new technology and new diseases. On Oct. 1, 2014, regular updates to ICD-10 will begin.

Home Health Depot buys its way onto the web

INDIANAPOLIS - Home Health Depot launched an e-commerce and consumer catalog business last week by acquiring Rite at Home Healthcare Products (RAH) from Arcadia Resources. RAH markets and sells HME products through direct mail and proprietary websites. Home Health Depot operates 12 branches with locations in Indiana and Illinois. Arcadia provides homecare, medical staffing and pharmacy services in 18 states, Home Health Depot stated in a release last week.

VGM hires president of education

WATERLOO, Iowa - The VGM Group has hired Greg Schmitz, Ph.D., the former president of Hawkeye Community College, to be its first-ever president of VGM Education. "Greg brings a new set of abilities, experience and contacts that will allow us to expand our educational offerings in both our traditional areas of interest and into areas beyond those," Jim Phillips, VGMs chief operating officer, stated in an Oct. 13 release. Prior to serving at Hawkeye, Schmitz held several high-level positions in public education and in private industry. He began his professional career as a certified public accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick.