In July, we informed you that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the resumption of certain audit activity beginning on August 3, 2020. CMS clarified that they will not be restarting all audits on August 3, but instead due to the continued Public Health Emergency (PHE) will be implementing a phased approach to allow suppliers time to prepare and adjust.
The audits will begin with limited Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC) based post-payment reviews and will only involve claims with dates of service prior to the beginning of the declared PHE on March 1, 2020.
CGS, the DME MAC for Jurisdictions B & C, has just announced that they will be conducting a complex post-payment review for L0650, an off-the-shelf LSO. The review will be for claims with dates of service prior to March 1, 2020. If you receive additional documentation requests as part of this review be sure to respond to them, however be advised that CMS has implied that the DME MACs may allow for flexibility with extensions and the cancelling of audits based on individual supplier’s ability to complete the audit.
As of now, there is not a timeframe for when the Target, Probe, and Educate (TPE) program, and other audits will resume. AOPA will continue to monitor the resumption of CMS audit activity and provide you with timely updates.