The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily paused the performance of both Short Stay reviews and Higher Weighted Diagnosis-Related Group (HWDRG) reviews by the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs). Short Stay reviews and HWDRG reviews will stop for a brief time beginning on May 8, 2019.
CMS took this action to procure a new BFCC-QIO contractor. Two BFCC-QIOs have done HWDRG reviews since 2014 and Short Stay reviews since 2015 for all 50 states and 3 territories. Going forward, Short Stay reviews and HWDRG reviews will resume with a single organization performing reviews on a national basis. CMS anticipates a contract award to be issued by the 3rd quarter of calendar year 2019.