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    CMS Indefinately Delays Implementation of Pre-payment Audits of PCI

    January 05, 2012

    Late last week CMS announced the delay of plans to engage in prepayment review of charts for appropriateness through the Recovery Audit Program Prepayment Review demonstration.

    This announcement came after the Society submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) earlier in December, urging OMB to deny the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' request for emergency clearance to move forward with these audits. SCAI had also raised concerns with CMS leadership.

    In its announcement last week, CMS stated that it had received many comments and suggestions on these demonstrations and that they are considering these comments carefully. As a result, CMS will delay implementation of these demonstrations, but will provide at least 30 days notice before the start of the demonstrations.

    Read the CMS Announcement to Delay These Pre-payment Audits