Oct 10th, 2019
CMS moves to empower patients to be more active participants in the discharge planning process. A final rule revises and implements discharge planning requirements that hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and home health agencies (HHAs) must meet as a condition of participation (CoP) in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. These facilities have until Nov. 29, ...
In Coding
Oct 1st, 2019
To help you ease into new coding, consume the changes in the sections that will impact your daily claims processing. Even with a decrease in the amount of ICD-10-PCS codes for fiscal year 2020, it can seem a bit daunting to take in 734 new codes, two revised codes, and 2,056 deleted codes. Now is ...
May 31st, 2018
There are more codes in the ICD-10-Procedure Coding System used by hospitals in 2019’s code set, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ recent release. Procedure Code Set Expands The PCS system now has 78,881 codes, growing larger as more codes are added to accomodate procedures being performed on inpatients. Overall, the changes look like ...
In Billing
May 23rd, 2018
Starting Oct. 1, hospital discharges to hospice care qualify as a post-acute care transfer and may have payment adjustments for Medicare patients. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transmittal 2055, change request 10602, under the policy regulations § 412.4: * When a patient is transferred to another hospital and their stay ...
Apr 11th, 2018
Flint, Michigan’s water crisis forces screening and in-depth health assessments of 30,000 children who were exposed to lead-tainted drinking water. The water crisis occurred between April 2014-October 2015, when the Flint water supply was switched from Detroit’s treated Lake Huron water to polluted Flint River water. The 18-month exposure to lead-contaminated water may have long-term ...