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OMHA Releases Instructions for Submitting Withdrawals of Part A Appeals

The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) has released its instructions and recommended request form for withdrawing a Part A appeal pursuant to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Ruling 1455-R. On March 13, 2013, CMS issued Ruling 1455-R, which allows hospitals to bill for certain services under Part B when a Part A inpatient claim was denied as not reasonable and necessary. The Ruling remains in effect until the proposed rule becomes finalized. Under the Ruling, a hospital must withdraw its Part A appeal in order to submit claims for Part B reimbursement.

Wachler & Associates will continue to monitor the developments of CMS’s revised policy on Part B billing following the denial of a Part A inpatient hospital claim. If you have any questions regarding these developments or questions regarding the RAC appeals process, please contact an experienced health care attorney at Wachler & Associates at 248-544-0888.