NEWS BRIEFS: Check Out This Therapy Cap Freebie
If youâ€™re affected by the Medicare therapy caps, youâ€™re in for a welcome surprise. The caps will not count for therapy services provided in the first quarter of the year, according to a notice from regional home health intermediary Cahaba GBA.
Cahaba indicated this information came directly from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and emphasized that it affects all Medicare providers under the caps. So, itâ€™s likely your MAC, FI, or carrier has a similar message on its Web site as well.
The story: Due to delays in updating the claims system with Transmittal 1678, â€śclaims for outpatient therapy services provided during the January-March 2009 quarter, that were submitted and processed prior to April 6, 2009, were not applied to the 2009 calendar year (CY) therapy cap limitations,â€ť the RHHI said.
The free ride means some of your Part B therapy patients will get some extra room in their caps this year. CMS wonâ€™t go back and apply the amounts that have already been billed toward the cap. But it will apply any amounts billed after April 6 to the cap, Cahaba explained.