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, ...
Mar 27th, 2017
Editors’ Note:  Data provided for this story was researched and compiled by David Blackmer, MSC. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be the law of the land, so we asked AAPC members how their practices have changed since Obamacare was enacted.  In a recent survey, we found about half our members’ ...
Aug 3rd, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule for 2016 skilled nursing facility (SNF) payments, which follows the shift of rates to be based on value and quality of care, rather than volume. According to CMS’ July 30, 2015 Fact Sheet, highlights of the final rule (CMS-1622-F) are: CMS projects that aggregate payments in FY ...
AAPC’s ICD-10 White Paper, “ICD-10: The History,  Impact, and  Keys to Success,” is now available at no cost for members and non-members staring down the implementation of the new code set October 1. The white paper, which discusses the history, benefits, and impact of ICD-10, includes steps to a successful ICD-10 transition. AAPC offers several ...