CMS Announces New and Expanded Appeal Settlement Initiatives
On Friday, November 3, 2017 CMS announced that it will make available a new settlement option for eligible providers and suppliers with a low volume of Medicare Part A and B claim appeals pending at OMHA and/or the Medicare Appeals Council. CMS also announced that OMHA will be expanding the Settlement Conference Facilitation Process for certain appellants that are not eligible for the LVA option.
Low Volume Appeals
The low volume appeals settlement option (LVA) will be limited to appellants with a low volume of appeals pending at OMHA and the Council. Specifically, appellants with fewer than 500 Medicare Part A or Part B claim appeals pending at OMHA and the Council, combined, as of November 3, 2017, with a total billed amount of $9,000 or less per appeal could potentially be eligible, if certain other conditions are met. CMS will settle eligible appeals at 62% of the net allowed amount. The announcement is posted on the CMS website.
Settlement Conference Facilitation (SCF) Expansion
SCF is an alternative dispute resolution process at OMHA and gives certain providers and suppliers an opportunity to resolve their eligible Part A and Part B appeals. Additional information on SCF can be found on the OMHA website.