CMS Delays Repayment Final Rule
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 2:02 PM
CMS is officially postponing implementation of a new rule on collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments until February 16, 2016. The proposed rule
would require Medicare providers and suppliers of services under Part A and B of title XVIII to return overpayments within 60 days – a move CMS says is required by the ACA. In Tuesday’s Federal Register notice
, CMS stated the one year delay was due to “exceptional circumstances” regarding the “complexity of the rule and scope of comments.” The new rule will give CMS a 10-year “look-back period” on claims not identified by a provider or supplier. The new feature has led to harsh industry criticism that the agency is overstepping its statutory authority because it conflicts with the shorter look-back period for Part C and D overpayments.
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