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© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. BEST PRACTICE RAC PREPARATION Jeremy Rittierodt, MSN, RN, CCM, CTT+ Account Executive, MCG May 15, 2013 Greg Borden, RN Senior Systems Analyst, Sarasota Memorial Colleen Ryan Manager of Integrated Case Management, Sarasota Memorial Diane Settle, CPA, CHFP Executive Director of Revenue Cycle, Sarasota Memorial
2© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Overview The RAC program was created through the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 to identify inappropriate payments and recoup overpayments under parts A and B of Medicare RAC reviews are retrospective, with a look-back period of three years Congress made the RAC program permanent in 2010, extending it to all 50 states
3© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Impact on Hospitals RACs made medical record requests associated with $6.4 billion in Medicare payments in 2012 Hospitals reported nearly $1.3 billion in automated and complex denials from RACs in 2012 The average value of an automated denial was $734; the average value of a complex denial was $5,358 During Q4 2012, 43% of all hospitals reported spending more than $25,000 managing the RAC process; 13% spent more than $100,000 Source: AHA RACT RAC Survey, 4 th Quarter 2012
4© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Medical Necessity Denials with the Largest Financial Impact MS-DRGDescription Percent of Hospitals 247 PERC CARDIOVASC PROC W DRUG- ELUTING STENT W/O MCC 21% 312 SYNCOPE & COLLAPSE 14% 392 ESOPHAGITIS, GASTROENT & MISC DIGEST DISORDERS W/O MCC 13% 313 CHEST PAIN 13% 491 BACK & NECK PROC EXC SPINAL FUSION W/O CC/MCC 5% Source: AHA RACT RAC Survey, 4 th Quarter 2012
5© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Establishing Medical Necessity: Syncope
6© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Best Practice RAC Preparation I.Completely and Accurately Document All Clinical Decisions II.Measure Patient Progress Against Optimal Care Pathways III.Track and Report on Variances from Optimal Care IV.Identify and Prepare for the Issues RACs Are Targeting V.Respond Promptly to RAC Demand Letters VI.Place Case Managers in the Emergency Department, Seven Days A Week VII.Use Internal Audits to Prepare for RAC Audits
7© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Completely and Accurately Document All Clinical Decisions Inpatient admissions and extended stays Changes in level of care (e.g., observation to inpatient) Surgery and other procedures Care planning
8© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Measure Patient Progress Against Optimal Care Pathways Identify the optimal care pathway for each patient Make sure everyone on the care team understands the care plan Document the medical necessity of every decision along the pathway
9© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Track and Report on Variances from Optimal Care What are the variances? –Medically necessary –Potentially avoidable –Favorable Where are the variances? How should we respond to them?
10© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Identify and Prepare for Issues RACs Are Targeting Short stays Interventional cardiology Syncope Gastroenteritis Chest pain Joint and spine surgery
11© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Respond Promptly to RAC Demand Letters Put a RAC team in place Know the response deadlines Centralize the receipt and management of demand letters Only appeal denials that make sense –Winnable appeals –Appeals worth the investment of time and money
12© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Place Case Managers in the Emergency Department, Seven Days a Week Determine a strategy for case management in the ED (24 hours a day versus peak hours) Make sure case managers engage with providers Consider the role of case managers in other areas of the hospital system
13© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Use Internal Audits to Prepare for RAC Audits Identify areas RACs are targeting Review documentation in those areas –Put on your RAC hat Look at variances and opportunities for improvement Promote ongoing communication between appeals and case management staff
14© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Sarasota Memorial Sarasota memorial Health Care System, an 806-bed regional medical center, is among the largest public health systems in Florida Founded in 1925, the system has about 4,000 staff, 802 physicians, and 1,000 volunteers
15© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Structure of Sarasota Memorial’s Case Management Program Original case management model Design and adoption of Triad Model –Design process –Structure of Triad Model –How Triad interacts with other departments –Benefits and drawbacks of Triad Model
16© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. How Sarasota Memorial Prevents and Appeals RAC Denials Prevention –RAC committee – members –Identified issues Appeals –Medical necessity team –Review/appeal process
17© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Role of MCG Products in Integrated Case Management and RAC Defense Integrated case management RAC defense –Admission review
18© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Impact of Integrated Case Management Program on RAC Denials and Appeals Demonstration period –Volume –Success rate Permanent RAC program –Volume –Success rate – % still in appeal
19© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Performance Prior to Integrated Case Management Sarasota Memorial contracted with Milliman to: –Review 100 cases for medical necessity against admission and continued stay criteria –Review the current utilization process –Design a case management/physician advisor process Instituted an electronic case management tool to track: –Medical necessity –Delay days/delay rates –Denials
20© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Performance After the Introduction of Integrated Case Management Current review processes Delay rates Physician advisor rates Denial tracking
21© 2013 MCG. All Rights Reserved. Questions Jeremy Rittierodt Greg Borden Colleen Ryan Diane Settle
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