Apr 24th, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released on April 23 proposed policy changes and rates for the 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS). The proposed payment updates for 2020 are: 2.7% for hospitals that submit quality data and are meaningful EHR users 0.3% for ...
In Billing
Mar 5th, 2019
Meet Medicare requirements when a provider expects a patient to be admitted for an inpatient stay of at least two midnights. If you report hospital inpatient services for Medicare patients, you need to know about the two-midnight rule. If you haven’t heard of it, or could use a reminder, here are the facts. Cost Containment ...
Know what to expect when extreme circumstances alter standard treatment approaches. A trauma center is a hospital equipped and staffed to provide care for patients suffering from major traumatic injuries such as falls, motor vehicle collisions, or gunshot wounds. Usually, multiple physicians and mid-level providers — any of whom may document in the patient record ...
In CMS
Dec 5th, 2018
U.S. hospitals that are putting quality over quantity will fare well next year for their efforts. Out of  approximately 2,800 hospitals across the country, more than 1,550 will see an increase in their 2019 Medicare payments. For the rest? Well, the news isn’t so good. Where Does the Money Come From? The Centers for Medicare ...
In CMS
Apr 25th, 2018
A proposed rule issued April 24 provides an advance look at pending updates to Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for fiscal year 2019. Proposed changes that make it into the final rule, usually released in August, will apply to approximately 3,330 acute ...