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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 6, 2018
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CMS hosting Low Volume Settlement call on March 13
(Medicare providers)

CMS will host a Medicare Learning Network event on Tuesday March 13, 2018, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Central time, to cover the logistics of the low volume settlement process.

CMS has launched a new Low Volume Appeals (LVA) Initiative to help address the significant backlog of Medicare appeals that are currently in line for resolution. Under the program eligible providers and suppliers may submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to CMS to be considered for an administrative settlement process to address a portion of pending appeals in exchange for a 62% partial payment of the net Medicare approved amount. Given the length of time that it is taking for Medicare appeals to be resolved, our members who are eligible providers are encouraged to examine the LVA Initiative as a potential option for addressing outstanding claim disputes.

To ensure timely processing, CMS has designated specific EOIs submission windows, based on NPI.

  • For appellants with NPIs ending in an evennumber (0, 2, 4, 6, 8), EOIs will be accepted on February 5, 2018 through March 9, 2018.
  • For appellants with NPIs ending in an oddnumber (1, 3, 5, 7, 9), EOIs will be accepted on March 12, 2018 through April 11, 2018.
Appellants with both odd and even NPIs will be required to submit one EOI per NPI during the appropriate designated timeframe, as described above.

To request participation in the process, appellants must complete the EOI and submit it to MedicareAppealsSettlement@cms.hhs.gov.

Please submit your questions in advance to MedicareSettlementFAQs@cms.hhs.gov and include “Low Volume Appeal Settlement Process March NPC” in the subject line. Questions received in advance may be addressed during the call or referenced in materials following the call.

Registration details will be available here: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events.html

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Certified Dietary Managers Exam Prep Workshop, March 22, West Des Moines
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2018 Spring Quarterly Education Conference, March 27-28, West Des Moines
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The Art of ICD-10 Coding for Home Health, April 4-5, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certificate Program, April 9-13, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 12, West Des Moines
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CNA and Direct Caregiver Mentorship Program, April 17-18, West Des Moines
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MDS 101 - Introduction to MDS 3.0, May 1, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Additional MDS 3.0 Training, May 2, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification, Online program
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Online Dementia Care Training and Individual Certification Program
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Click on the event link to learn more about each educational offering and to register. If you have additional questions, contact Georgene Olson at 800.422.3106.

West Des Moines area hotel discounts for IHCA members.

Map to the IHCA Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.

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