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Jul 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM / by Kristi Bajer, BSN, RN, COS-C

RCD Returns

If your agency has been delaying operational and process updates needed for the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD), it looks like time is almost up.  CMS announced last week that RCD is coming back “regardless of the state of the public health emergency”.  CMS feels they must reinstate their program integrity efforts.  Most agencies see this as increasing burdens and another roadblock to caring for patients. Unfortunately, due to their previous experience, CMS believes there are compliance and integrity issues costing them money.  

CMS is also bringing in the last 2 states in the demonstration to complete the phase-in of all the states involved. It will roll out as follows

  • August 3-17, 2020 - Initial choice selection for North Carolina and Florida and the second review cycle choice for Ohio

(For a review of the options for RCD with guidance please refer to our blog post -REVIEW CHOICE DEMONSTRATION here)

  • August 31, 2020- Claims with billing periods starting on or after August 31, 2020 in all demonstration states -Illinois, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, and Florida  will be subject to review under the terms selected by the provider.
  • After August 31, 2020- The MAC will start conducting post payment review on claims subject to the demonstration that were submitted and paid during the pause.  CMS will develop a schedule that is to be announced which they promise will not significantly increase provider burden. 
  • If your agency continued with Pre-Claim Review (PCR) during the pause and were affirmed and given a unique tracking number (UTN) those claims will continue to be excluded from “most” future medical review.

To read CMS full information on the RETURN OF REVIEW CHOICE click here

Need more  information on RCD and PDGM?  OperaCare has multiple blog posts which address regulations and timelines along with operational and process driven information to help your agency make the change. Check out these previous posts full of information below

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Volume to value change in Home Health

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RCD and PDGM commonalities            

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Tags: PDGM, RCD, PCR, Home Health, Home Health Care

Kristi Bajer, BSN, RN, COS-C

Written by Kristi Bajer, BSN, RN, COS-C

Kristi Bajer BSN, RN, COS-C, brings over 10 years of real world experience as a clinician, director, and administrator in home health. She is a firm believer in diagnosis driven evidence-based care in home health. Currently, she assists agencies with external chart audits and Medicare appeals, as well as providing training and coaching on OperaCare implementation and building QAPI programs using data to drive success and protect agencies from government audits.