In Billing
May 1st, 2014
April 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update 2015 Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). CMS projects the payment rate update to general acute care hospitals will be 1.3 percent in 2015, and the rate update ...
In Billing
Feb 10th, 2012
Most patients don’t realize the differences among screening, diagnosis, and treatment. When a patient comes into the office for a preventive visit and it turns into acute care, many patients think their insurance will cover the bill. In actuality, the “free preventive care” that results in a diagnosis or follow-up treatment is not considered a ...
In Billing
Oct 14th, 2011
Due to a large number of inquiries about the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, and many requests for additional time to prepare applications, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has, for the second time, extended the deadlines for submitting letters of intent and applications. Providers: Apply for Bundled Payments Initiative was last ...
In CMS
Apr 29th, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to update fiscal year 2012 payment policies and rates for hospitals paid under the inpatient, long-term care, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities prospective payment systems (PPS). The two proposed rules with comment periods also would further implement certain Affordable Care Act provisions and several other policy changes. ...
In Billing
Jan 29th, 2010
Two months ahead of schedule, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)—an independent congressional agency charged with advising Congress on a wide range of Medicare issues—voted Jan. 15 on recommendations for 2011 Medicare provider payment updates. Here is a summary of MedPac’s recommendations to Congress: MedPAC Proposes 2011 Medicare Provider Payment Updates was last modified: July ...