MDH and LoVol Claims - March 31 Deadline for LoVol Adjustment Extension
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:34 AM
On Friday, March 14, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule implementing a six-month extension of both the low-volume (LoVol) payment adjustment and the Medicare-dependent Hospital (MDH) program, as required by legislation passed in December (the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013). The interim final rule is applicable for discharges under the inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) on or after October 1, 2013, and on or before March 31, 2014. CMS will accept comments on the interim final rule for a period of 60 days.
To qualify for the extension of the LoVol adjustment, hospitals must notify/make requests to their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) no later than March 31.
On March 18, AHA released a Special Bulletin which provided details of the rule. A copy of the interim final rule is available on the CMS website at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2014-05922_PI.pdf.