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Message from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing to monitor and assess the impact that the cyberattack on UnitedHealth Group’s subsidiary Change Healthcare has had on all provider and supplier types. Today, CMS is announcing that, in addition to considering applications for accelerated payments for Medicare Part A providers, we will also be considering applications for advance payments for Part B suppliers.

Over the last few days, we have continued to meet with health plans, providers and suppliers to hear about their most pressing concerns. As announced previously, we have directed our Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) to expedite actions needed for providers and suppliers to change the clearinghouse they use and to accept paper claims if providers need to use that method. We will continue to respond to provider and supplier inquiries regarding MAC processes.

CMS also recognizes that many Medicaid providers are deeply affected by the impact of the cyberattack. We are continuing to work closely with States and are urging Medicaid managed care plans to make prospective payments to impacted providers, as well.

All MACs will provide public information on how to submit a request for a Medicare accelerated or advance payment on their websites as early as today, Saturday, March 9.

CMS looks forward to continuing to support the provider community during this difficult situation. All affected providers should reach out to health plans and other payers for assistance with the disruption. CMS has encouraged Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations to offer advance funding to providers affected by this cyberattack. The rules governing CMS’s payments to MA organizations and Part D sponsors remain unchanged. Please note that nothing in this statement speaks to the arrangements between MA organizations or Part D sponsors and their contracted providers or facilities.


If you have any questions, please contact Fady Sahhar.

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On July 13, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) distributed notifications to inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that were determined to be out of compliance with Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for calendar year (CY) 2021, which will affect their FY 2023 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications were placed into facilities’ “Certification and Survey Provider Enhance Reports” (CASPER) folders in the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) for hospice and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and into facilities’ “My Reports” folders in the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) for IRFs and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). If a facility received a letter of non-compliance, it may submit a request for reconsideration to CMS via email. The submission deadline is 11:59 pm on August 11, 2022. View the full details and instructions for submission here.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued revised Change Request (CR) 10531 (MLN Matters Number: 10531). The article, “Claims Processing Actions to Implement Certain Provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018,” was revised and provides direction to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to reprocess claims related to several provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The initial MLN article was released on March 26, 2018.

On February 9, 2018, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which contains a number of provisions that extend certain Medicare Fee For Service (FFS) policies, including Ambulance add-on payment provisions and a three percent home health Rural Add-on Payment. In addition, the Act permanently repeals the outpatient therapy caps beginning on January 1, 2018, while retaining the requirement to submit the KX modifier for services in excess of the prior cap amounts. Due to the retroactive effective dates of these provisions, various Medicare FFS claims shall be reprocessed. This CR provides guidance to MACs regarding Medicare FFS claims reprocessing requirements and time frames.