Tag: Medicare Part A

OIG releases report on Medicare A and B redeterminations

Earlier this month, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report titled, “The First Level of the Medicare Appeals Process, 2008-2012: Volume, Outcomes, and Timeliness”. According to the OIG, the Medicare appeals process serves as an important protection for beneficiaries and providers. Their study represents the first examination of redetermination, i.e., the first […]

Ask the expert: Medicare Part A coverage requirements

Q: A resident is under Medicare Part B coverage for therapy services and then during that time has a six night hospital qualifying stay; can they come back under Medicare Part A coverage? The last time they were under Part A coverage was in 2011. A: Regardless of the Medicare patient’s payer source prior to […]

Ask the expert: HMO coverage

Q: I am new to my current facility, but to my understanding the main biller wants us to submit all MDS assessments to CMS, even for HMOs, due to the facility not getting paid some time ago when the resident actually switched from a HMO to Medicare while they were in their 100 days. I […]

Ask the expert: Tube feeding coverage

Q: We have a lot of questions in our facility about tube feeders and Medicare Part A eligibility. Here is one example: A person getting tube fed uses 100 days of their benefit, goes off Medicare Part A, has a 60 day break in illness, and was then readmitted to hospital with a hip fracture. He […]

Ask the expert: Medicare coverage

Q: A resident in a SNF has not used her Medicare benefit since 2005. She was receiving rehab therapy 5x week prior to qualifying for a hospital stay. Are we allowed to skill her upon re-admission? A: Your question cannot be answered without more information.  Did the beneficiary ever go 60 days without receiving skilled […]

Ask the expert: Medicare Part A coverage for a PEG tube

Q: I have a patient that has 100 days of Medicare Part A and a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube—the primary source of nutrition—in place since 2008 due to laryngeal cancer. All rehab therapy is discontinuing in three days. Can I continue Medicare Part A, related to the PEG tube? A: As long as 26% […]