On August 9, 2012, CGS, the MAC for J15, announced that it will begin complex medical review MS-DRG 312, syncope and collapse, based on findings that the claim denial rate for MS-DRG 312 during a probe conducted in Ohio was 79.9%. This means that providers in Ohio could see MS-DRG 312 claims audited as part of the prepayment review demonstration program and in post-payment reviews conducted by the MAC.
The potential for a double audit faced by providers in Ohio is contrary to statements made by CMS during the special open door forum on August 9, 2012. During the forum, CMS stated that a provider may hear from both a RAC and a MAC for claim review but it should not be on the same MS-DRG or the same claim. So far it is unclear how CMS will address this issue.
If you have any questions about CMS demonstration programs, or need assistance defending an audit, please contact an experienced healthcare attorney at Wachler & Associates at 248-544-0888.