Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Services is Back

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP 
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

CMS is phasing in participation in the Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) in North Carolina and Florida, for a limited period of time, to help ease the transition during the current public health emergency.  Specifically, for HHAs in North Carolina and Florida:

  • Providers may submit pre-claim review requests for billing periods beginning 8/31/20.
    • Claims that go through pre-claim review and are submitted with a valid UTN will be excluded from further medical review.
  • Claims submitted without going through the pre-claim review process will process as normal and will not be subject to a 25% payment reduction.
    • Claims may be subject to postpayment review in the future through the normal medical review process
  • Providers who have already made a choice selection do not need to take any further action if they choose not to participate.
  • CMS will reassess the phased-in approach in 60 days.

For Illinois, Ohio, and Texas:

  • Cycle 2 in Illinois and Cycle 1 in Texas will end on September 30, 2020.
    • Affirmation and claim approval rates will be calculated based on review decisions made between February 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 for Illinois providers and between March 2, 2020 and September 30, 2020 for Texas providers.
  • Cycle 2 in Ohio will begin on August 31, 2020, as previously noted.
  • Claims submitted under Choice 1 without going through the pre-claim review process will not be subject to a 25% payment reduction until further notice, but will be subject to prepayment review.

The above information was updated on August 21, 2020.  Also on the webpage hyperlinked in the first paragraph, you can read the notification of resumption of demonstration activities on July 7, 2020 and previous history with RCD.