RCD Phase-in for Florida and North Carolina Renewed

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a continuation of the phased-in participation of the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for home health agencies (HHAs) in Florida and North Carolina for an additional 90 days, due to the ongoing COVID-19 PHE. Providers interested in participating should make their Cycle 2 Choice selections between April…

CMS Extends Phased-in Review Choice Demonstraton in Florida & N. Carolina

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Thursday night, October 29, that due to the continuing public health emergency, CMS will be extending the phased-in participation in the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for Home Health Agencies in Florida and North Carolina until January 1, 2021. Providers may continue submitting pre-claim review requests. Claims…

CMS Makes Changes to the Review Choice Demonstration

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a phased-in approach for the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for North Carolina and Florida. Both of these states were set to have RCD begin at the end of this month (See previous NAHC Report coverage here and here.)  CMS also posted a change to the…

CMS To Resume Medical Review Activities, Including Review Choice Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the return of medical review activities, including the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) program for home health services on August 3, 2020, regardless of the status of the Public Health Emergency (PHE). On March 30 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) suspended most Medicare…

CMS Announces Expansion of Review Choice Demonstration to More States

Texas starts in December, North Carolina and Florida in 2020 Updated to include a statement from NAHC President William A. Dombi The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) announced today that the next state to participate in the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) is Texas and it will begin on December 2, 2019. In the same…

CMS Acts to Support Victims of Hurricane Dorian

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced efforts underway to support Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in response to Hurricane Dorian. On August 30, Health and Human Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency (PHE) in Florida. On September 2, Secretary Azar did the same for Georgia and South Carolina. CMS…

States Grapple with the Opioid Epidemic and Pain Management

Florida bill would make it easier to prescribe for hospice patients The opioid epidemic claims about 115 lives per day in the United States, a rate that has grown by 4000 percent since 1999. Nearly half of these opioid-related fatalities involve a prescription drug, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In March…

Home Health Agency Provider Enrollment Moratoria Expires

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the following on its web site announcing the expiration the Medicare Provider Enrolment Moratoria, which includes those states where a moratorium had been issued for new home health agencies (HHAs). “As of January 30, 2019, there are no active Medicare Provider Enrollment Moratoria in any State…

GAO: State Medicaid Home-and-Community-Based Services Face Funding and Workforce Challenges

States struggle to provide home-and-community-based services through their Medicaid programs due to workforce issues related to low pay, the complex needs of many patients, and limited funds from state governments, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). All state Medicaid programs provide some financial support for long-term services and supports (LTSS)…

Florida Members of Congress Question CMS about Prior Authorization Program

In response to the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) program, as proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), members of the Florida Congressional Delegation have submitted a letter to CMS outlining their concerns with the program. The RCD program, a slightly modified version of 2016’s Pre-Claim Review (PCR) demonstration program, was proposed as…