federal Independent Dispute Resolution

Federal Health Policy Update for February 22

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for February 16-22.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. CMS and Medicaid DSH Payments CMS has published a final rule governing how third-party payers are factored into the calculation of hospitals’ Medicaid disproportionate share hospital-specific payment limit.  This change requires that the calculation be based solely on Medicaid costs and payments and that costs and payments associated with dually eligible (Medicare and Medicaid) patients be excluded from the calculation of that limit.  The effect of this change is that hospitals that are [...]

Providers Faring Well in Surprisingly Busy Dispute Resolution Process

Health care providers are winning more than three-quarters of all payment disputes being brought through an unexpectedly active federal Independent Dispute Resolution process. The process, created under the 2020 No Surprises Act to settle payment disagreements between providers and payers and to spare consumers surprise medical bills – especially for receiving emergency care from providers outside of their insurer’s network.  2023 saw 13 times more disputes during the first half of 2023 – nearly 300,000 cases in all – than federal officials anticipated. With more than 20 percent of the disputes submitted for resolution rejected as ineligible for the process, [...]

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