In CMS
Nov 18th, 2008
Comments Off on New C Code Better Late Than Never
Hospitals can add to their list of covered services new HCPCS Level II code C9899, Implanted prosthetic device, payable only for inpatients who do not have inpatient coverage, that will be effective for services furnished on or after Jan. 1, 2009. Use form TOB-12X for claims of this nature. This code was missing from an ...
In Billing
Nov 18th, 2008
Comments Off on PHR Choice Pilot Companies Selected
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has named four personal health record (PHR) companies to participate in the Medicare PHR Choice Pilot, according to a Nov. 12 press release. The pilot will be conducted in Arizona and Utah, and is slated to begin early 2009. The four PHR companies are: Google Health, HealthTrio, ...
In Coding
Nov 18th, 2008
Comments Off on Insulin Syringe May Lead to Death
Let diabetic patients know Tyco Healthcare Group LP (Covidien) recalled one lot of ReliOn 31-gauge, 1cc insulin syringes due to possible mislabeling. According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration Nov. 5 news release, there was a mix up during the packaging process and some syringes labeled for use with U-40 insulin were mixed with ...
Nov 10th, 2008
Comments Off on AAPC to Host 17th Annual National Conference in Las Vegas in April 2009
Record numbers anticipated for the annual event Each year, the American Academy of Professional Coders’ National Conference draws attendees from across the globe. Record numbers are anticipated for the 17th Annual National Conference at The Rio Hotel in Las Vegas April 5-8, 2009. The 2009 National Conference promises to provide coders, physicians and health care ...
In CMS
Nov 4th, 2008
Comments Off on CMS Issues 2009 OPPS/ASC Final Rule
The Outpatient Prospective Payment System/Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System (OPPS/ASC) 2009 final rule includes a 3.6 percent annual inflation update for hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs), but sets the ASC update at 0 percent. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) projects final 2009 payment rates under the OPPS will result in a 3.9 percent ...