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Last Modified: 10/9/2020 Location: FL, PR, USVI Business: Part A, Part B

Learn about CMS' amended repayment process for accelerated and advance repayments

Under the expanded Accelerated and Advance Payments (AAP) Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued payments to providers and suppliers to help ease financial strain due to a disruption in claims submission and/or claims processing related to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
Recently, Congress enacted amended repayment terms for the accelerated and advance payments through the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act:
Repayment will now begin one year after the date of the issuance of the payment.
During the first 11 months after repayment begins, repayment will occur through an automatic recoupment of 25 percent of Medicare payments otherwise owed to you.
During the succeeding six months, repayment will occur through an automatic recoupment of 50% of Medicare payments otherwise owed to you.
If you are unable to repay the total amount of the accelerated or advance payment through recoupment within 29 months, you will receive a demand letter requiring repayment of any outstanding balance, subject to an interest rate of 4%.
No action is necessary from you. The repayment process will begin automatically.

Example of AAP repayment terms

The following example helps illustrate the amended repayment terms for a provider that was issued an AAP on April 1, 2020:
We highly recommend that providers/suppliers create a way, during the 29 month recoupment period, to track the claims submitted, Medicare reimbursement received, and Medicare reimbursements recouped. This will help you reconcile the payments recouped towards your AAP receivable in your system as they are a part of the payback process.
Can I submit a voluntary refund instead of waiting for the amended repayment process to begin?
Yes. Providers and suppliers that received an AAP payment can return the money via a check as long as the amount does not exceed $70M. You can use the return of monies voluntary refund form pdf file with a comment in the "Other" box stating it is for the AAP.
Can providers still submit a request for an AAP payment?
Effective October 8, 2020, MACs are no longer accepting payment request forms from providers. Applications received on or after this date shall be declined.
Will interest accrue on my account?
If all monies have not been paid at the end of the total 29 month timeframe a demand letter will be issued with a total amount of monies still owed. Interest will accrue at this time at 4%.
Have additional questions?
If you have any additional questions regarding the AAP repayment process, please contact our Hotline at 1-855-247-8428. Our hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. ET M-F.
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