AHA Presses CMS to Revise Rebilling Limitation

AHA President and CEO Richard J. Umbdenstock has called on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to revise a March 13 limiting hospitals' ability to rebill Part A claims denied by Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors.

The ruling would prevent these claims from being rebilled under Part B if they are not currently being appealed, or if the time for appeal has lapsed.

Mr. Umbdenstock writes the "…limitation in the March 13 Ruling is both unlawful and fundamentally unfair," and asks Sec. Sebelius to take "…the necessary action to ensure that hospitals can seek and receive the payments to which they are entitled on all claims like those described above, and not just on the small fraction covered by Ruling 1455-R."

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