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NAHC Report: Issue# 2184, 4/29/2013
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NAHC Addresses RAP Suppression with Palmetto GBA
HCTAA Submits Comments to the Office of the Inspector General on Safe Harbor Provisions
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NAHC Addresses RAP Suppression with Palmetto GBA

Palmetto GBA, the largest home health and hospice Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) took steps last week to suppress payments to home health agencies identified as having a “high number” of auto-cancelled Requests for Anticipated Payment (RAP). At this time, Palmetto plans to suppress RAP payments for any home health agency that had 100 or more RAPs auto-cancelled between January 1 and April 15, 2013 (See NAHC Report, April 23, 2013).

In response to calls for assistance from its members, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) contacted Palmetto to discuss this action and identify steps home health agencies should take to be removed from RAP suppression. NAHC pointed out that Medicare’s authority to suppress RAP payments is based on program integrity, and therefore RAP payment suppression should be limited to cases where fraud or abuse is suspected. NAHC suggested that Palmetto carry out a second level of information analysis before suppressing RAP payments based simply a number of cancelled RAPs in order to ensure that only agencies that are suspected of fraudulent or abusive practices are having their payments suppressed.

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HCTAA Submits Comments to the Office of the Inspector General on Safe Harbor Provisions

The Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently submitted comments to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding the solicitation of new safe harbors and special fraud alerts with respect to home health and hospice agencies and their ability to share information and their use of information technology. HCTAA is an affiliate of NAHC, and was founded in 2005 to support initiatives that encourage the use of health information technology in the home care setting.

The HCTAA comments emphasize that:

In most cases, the delivery of quality home health care and hospice services is very dependent upon the collaboration and exchange of health information across the continuum of care with our physician partners and with hospital systems. Therefore, we believe it is imperative that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the Office of Inspector General (OIG) consider extending safe harbor provisions to protect the ability home health care and hospice providers to receive donations by hospitals of electronic health records software or information technology and training services.

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