COVID-19 Update: CMS Suspends Most Audit Activities-Updated

This is an update to the April 2, 2020 announcement, where AOPA informed you that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have suspended most Medicare fee-for-service medical review activity for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).

AOPA has confirmed that CMS, effective immediately, will also not be sending out any additional documentation requests (ADRs), either by mail or over the phone, as part of the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program. This suspension of documentation requests and reviews will be in place until further notice from CMS.

AOPA has also confirmed that any claims under the Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) program which were denied due to no response on or after March 1, 2020 will be reversed.

Questions? Contact Joe McTernan at, or Devon Bernard at