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hospital discharge appeals

a new process for hospital discharge appeals

Some hospital discharge appeals are filed due to concerns with the discharge planning process rather than issues with the actual discharge. To address these concerns, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has tasked the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) with collaborating closely with healthcare facilities to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries with Original Medicare and/or their representatives clearly understand their home discharge plans. 

Starting May 1, 2024, when initiating a hospital discharge appeal, Medicare beneficiaries with Original Medicare and their representatives who call Acentra Health regarding discharge planning concerns will be transferred to the Immediate Advocacy (IA) team. This team will review the concerns, identify any gaps or misunderstandings, and determine if additional guidance is needed. While Acentra Health’s IA team engages with providers for direct dialogue, the formal process for the appeal will continue unchanged, ensuring that both processes occur simultaneously without impacting the overall timeline.

If further assistance is required, Acentra Health’s IA team will engage the hospital's case management team in a discussion to address any unresolved issues. This may involve a three-way call between Acentra Health, the beneficiary (or their representative), and the hospital case manager. If an in-person meeting is preferred, Acentra Health staff will participate remotely by phone only.

This collaborative approach aims to help beneficiaries and their representatives understand and complete their discharge plans. If discussions successfully clarify the discharge plan and resolve concerns, beneficiaries may request that Acentra Health stop the appeal. In such cases, Acentra Health will consider the appeal resolved and inform the hospital accordingly. Both the beneficiary/representative and provider will also receive a letter from Acentra Health at the conclusion of this process.

updating appeals forms

Kepro is now Acentra Health!

  • Case reviews and all other services will continue without interruption with the same quality and dependability we have always provided. Phone numbers and fax numbers will not be changing.
  • We encourage providers to update their notices – the Important Message from Medicare (IM) and the Notice of Medicare Non-Coverage (NOMNC) – by changing “Kepro” to “Acentra Health” when convenient. Notices will not be made invalid if they have “Kepro” listed. If your organization does wish to update your notices, the target date for our rebrand "go live" is July 1 with the plan to have all our items changed by fall 2024. Copies of these forms can be found on the BNI page on the CMS web site.
  • For more information about our name change, please visit our Q&A page.

cms final rule

On November 27, 2006, CMS published a final rule, CMS-4105-F: Notification of Hospital Discharge Appeal Rights. Beginning July 1, 2007, hospitals must deliver the Important Message from Medicare (IM) to inform all Medicare inpatients, including Medicare Advantage enrollees, Medicare as a Secondary Payor (MSP), and dual-eligible patients about their hospital discharge appeal rights.

Hospitals are required to give a Detailed Notice of Discharge (DND) to patients who choose to appeal a discharge decision. The DND outlines the specific reasons for discharge and applicable Medicare coverage guidelines.

Current versions of the Important Message from Medicare (IM), Form CMS-10065, and the Detailed Notice of Discharge (DND), Form CMS-10066, are posted on the Hospital Discharge Appeal Notices page of the CMS website under Downloads.

hospital requested review (hrr)

HINN 10, also known as the Notice of Hospital Requested Review (HRR), should be issued by hospitals to patients with Original Medicare whenever a hospital requests a Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) review of a discharge decision without physician concurrence. To initiate an HRR, the hospital staff should call Acentra Health, and then electronically send the medical record. HRRs are completed Monday - Friday and will be completed within two business days of the receipt of all pertinent information requested.

expedited determinations

Home health agencies (HHAs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities (CORFs), and hospices with patients that have Medicare are required to notify them of their right to an expedited review process when these providers anticipate that Medicare coverage of their services will end.

HHAs, SNFs, hospices, CORFs, and swing beds (under instruction) are required to provide a Notice of Medicare Non-Coverage to Medicare patients (including those patients with a Medicare Advantage plan) to alert them that a Medicare-covered item or service is ending and give patients the opportunity to request an expedited determination from a BFCC-QIO. A Detailed Notice is given when the BFCC-QIO review is requested in order to provide more explanation on why coverage is ending.


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