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CMS adds CERT to reviews that are suspended

April 14, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS will pause its CERT program, and will not send documentation request letters to or conduct phone calls with providers until further notice, according to AAHomecare. An original statement from the agency on March 30 stated MAC, SMRC and RAC reviews would be suspended during the public health emergency. The DME MACs also announced during a webinar last week that they would release all pending TPE reviews and would pay those claims, AAHomecare reports. Providers that have completed...

Audits, CERT, Coronavirus Outbreak

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Improper payments for HME decrease

November 29, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The improper payment rate for DMEPOS decreased from 46.2% in 2016 to 35.5% in 2018, representing a decrease of $1.14 billion, according to a bulletin from AAHomecare. The improper payment rate for all Medicare fee-for-service decreased from 9.5% in 2017 to 8.1% in 2018. The association met with CMS's Comprehensive Error Rate Testing team in June to explore ways to continue to improve error rates.

CERT, Improper payments

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In brief: Apria ditches SEC reports, Invacare outsources IT

January 24, 2014HME News Staff

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Apria Healthcare will no longer file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to a Form-8K dated Jan. 21. Apria was obligated to file periodic reports with the SEC pursuant to the terms of indenture governing the company's outstanding 12.375% senior secured notes due 2014. On Jan. 16, however, the company provided a notice of redemption for all of its notes and effected a satisfaction and discharge of the company's obligation under the indenture....

American Association of Breast Care Professionals, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, Apria, Audits, Blood-Glucose Meters, Brian Borger, CERT, CPAP Care Club, Craig Weber

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OIG to CMS: Review oversight process for CERT

January 20, 2014HME News Staff

BALTIMORE - The error rate reduction plans of Medicare claims administrator contractors are not always relevant to CERT results and vary substantially in number, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). CMS oversight of error rate reduction plans is limited and the staff that reviewed the plans may have been unable to determine whether the plans addressed their most recent CERT results, the OIG found. “Additionally, although some of the sampled plans did not include...

CERT, CMS, Error Rate, OIG

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Providers avoid shortened timeframe

December 20, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - It looks like the timeframe for responding to initial documentation requests as part of the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program will stand at 75 days.CMS had planned to shorten the timeframe to 60 days, but Kim Brummett, senior director of regulatory affairs for AAHomecare, confirmed last week that the agency has tabled its plans indefinitely.“I received word from the CERT coordinator that the change in the timeframe has been placed on hold until further notice,”...

CERT, CMS, DME, Kim Brummett, rose schafhauser, Sylvia Toscano

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MACs join forces to reduce denials

July 30, 2013HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Part A and Part B Medicare Administrative Contractors have formed a task force to educate on national issues of concern regarding improper payment errors, they have announced. The Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) A/B Contractor Task Force will hold its first teleconference Aug. 20. The task force affords providers the benefit of a “collaborative, consistent voice to reduce costly claim denials, as well as the CERT error rate,” according to a bulletin. The task...

CERT, Denials, Home Medical Equipment, MACs

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Power wheelchair providers: There's more scrutiny under way

June 17, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

From the it-should-have-been-reported-earlier-in-HME News files: During Tuesday's CERT education call, officials talked about "supplemental measures" being taken on by the CERT contractor per Executive Order 13520, which was issued by President Obama way back in November. The goal of the order is "further intensifying efforts to eliminate payment error, waste, fraud and abuse in federal programs." One of those supplemental measures: eight HCPCS codes for power wheelchairs. According to a timetable...

Audit, CERT, On The Editor's Desk, Power Wheelchair, support surfaces, supporting documentation

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