CMS Announces Review Choice Demonstration to Start in PA on June 17,...

CMS Announces Review Choice Demonstration to Start in PA on June 17, 2024

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On March 1, 2024, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted an update on the Review Choice Demonstration for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Services web page that announced they will be expanding the Review Choice Demonstration for IRF services in Pennsylvania on June 17, 2024. The demonstration will apply to IRF admissions occurring on or after June 17, 2024. IRF admissions prior to the June 17 date are not part of the demonstration, and IRF providers must select either 100% pre-claim review or 100% post-payment review between May 3, 2024, and June 2, 2024.

Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Jurisdiction L (which includes the state of Pennsylvania) is Novitas Medicare Solutions, who processes claims for IRFs located in Pennsylvania. Novitas will be directly involved in the RCD and created a dedicated RCD page on their website. The page includes additional information on background and general information, timelines, the two choices for claims review (pre-payment and post-payment), IRF RCD contact information, educational events, and other resources.

The IRF RCD began in Alabama in August 2023. CMS has cited that creating a review choice process will ensure Medicare coverage and documentation requirements are likely met. CMS feels this program will reduce the number of Medicare appeals, improve provider compliance with Medicare program rules, does not alter the Medicare IRF benefit, and should not delay medically necessary care to Medicare beneficiaries.

RCPA will continue to update members as additional information is received. Members are encouraged to review the information on the CMS RCD web page and Novitas RCD web page. Questions regarding this information can be directed to Melissa Dehoff.