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CMS to Publish MAC “Cost Report Acceptability Checklist” in Medicare Manual

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2019 7:37 PM

CMS has submitted a transmittal indicating that they will publish a Cost Report Accessibility Checklist for Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Hospices, and Home Offices that currently used by MACs to assess the completeness of submitted provider cost reports.  They also updated the Checklists to include new information regarding electronic submission of cost reports and to reflect a recent requirement that MACs make direct contact with a provider within 24 hours of a cost report rejection to notify the provider of rejection and payment suspension.

Previously these Checklists were not available because they contained “post acceptability instructions” which contained confidential information.  CMS will separate the Checklists from the post acceptability instructions and rename them to Modified Desk Review.

This change becomes effective for cost report received on or after July 1, 2019.

Source: NAHC Report

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