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Recent RAC Activity

On April 2, 2012 DCS Healthcare posted new approved issues to its approved issues list for some Region A states. Among them were two issues for skilled nursing facilities:

· CT Scans, Head and Neck, Incorrect Billing: Potential incorrect billing of CT scans not supported by medical necessity (NGS LCD 28516 (A48015))

· CT Scans, Trunk and Extremities, Incorrect Billing: Potential incorrect billing of CT scans not supported by medical necessity (NGS LCD 28516 (A48015))

In late March 2012, CGI posted a new approved issue to its approved issues list for Region B states. The new issue involves a complex medical necessity review:

· Minor Musculoskeletal Procedures ; MS-DRGs 479, 484, 494, 497, 499, 502, 508, 509, 512, 517 (Medical Necessity): The purpose of this complex review is to identify claims that have been reviewed validating medical necessity in short stay, uncomplicated admissions. This review will identify if medical necessity was met per Medicare guidelines.

On March 23, 2012, Connolly added new approved issues to its approved issues list for Region C states:

· Hospice Related Services -Outpatient CMS Issue Number: C000162012: Services related to a Hospice terminal diagnosis provided during a Hospice period are included in the Hospice payment and are not paid separately.

· Excessive Drug Units Billed – Carrier (At this time, Medical Necessity will be excluded from this review) CMS Issue Number: C001562011: Drugs and Biologicals should be billed in multiples of the dosage specified in the HCPCS code long descriptor. The number of units billed should be assigned based on the dosage increment specified in that HCPCS long descriptor, and correspond to the actual amount of the drug administered to the patient, including any appropriate, discarded drug waste. If the drug dose used in the care of a patient is not a multiple of the HCPCS code dosage descriptor, the provider rounds to the next highest unit. Drug waste should be coded according to the requirements of the local contractor. Claims billed with excessive units will be reviewed to determine the correct number of billable/payable units.

On March 19, 2012, HealthDataInsights added several new issues to its approved issues list for Region D states:

· Acute Inpatient Hospitalization – Major Male Pelvic Procedures with CC/MC (DRG 707): Medicare pays for inpatient hospital services that are medically necessary for the setting billed. Medical documentation will be reviewed to determine that services were medically necessary.

· Acute Inpatient Admission – OR Procedure with Principal Diagnosis of Mental Illness (DRG 876): Medicare pays for inpatient hospital services that are medically necessary for the setting billed. Medical documentation will be reviewed to determine that services were medically necessary.

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