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Recent RAC Activity

On May 29, 2012, Connolly added new approved issues to its Approved Issues List for providers in Region C states. The new approved issues are across five categories and include:

Medical Necessity: Other O.R. Procedure of the Blood & Blood Forming Organs MS-DRG 802, 803, 804 W/MCC, W/CC, w/o CC/MCC CMS Issue Number: C000672012. RACs will review documentation to validate the medical necessity of short stay, uncomplicated admissions. Medicare only pays for inpatient hospital services that are medically necessary for the setting billed and that are coded correctly. Medical documentation will be reviewed to determine that the services were medically necessary and were billed correctly for MS-DRG 802, 803 and 804.

Medical Necessity: Disease and Disorders of the Female Reproductive System MS-DRG 750, w/o CC/MCC CMS Issue Number: C000642012. RACs will review documentation to validate the medical necessity of short stay, uncomplicated admissions. Medicare only pays for inpatient hospital services that are medically necessary for the setting billed and that are coded correctly. Medical documentation will be reviewed to determine that the services were medically necessary and were billed correctly for MS-DRG 750.

Medical Necessity: Diseases and Disorders of the Kidney and Urinary Tract MS-DRG’S 656,659,662,665,671,686,687,709,710 and 711 W/CC, W/MCC, w/o CC/MCC CMS Issue Number: C000622012. RACs will review documentation to validate the medical necessity of short stay, uncomplicated admissions. Medicare only pays for inpatient hospital services that are medically necessary for the setting billed and that are coded correctly. Medical documentation will be reviewed to determine that the services were medically necessary and were billed correctly for MS-DRG’S 656, 659, 662, 665, 671, 686, 687, 709, 710 and 711.

For a full list of Approved Issues in RAC Region C, visit the Connolly website.

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