The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced an editorial update to the CPT code set for COVID-19 vaccines that includes new codes for Pfizer-BioNTech’s booster vaccine and Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline’s (Sanofi-GSK) vaccine candidate.
Hospitalists coded a significantly higher proportion of Medicare beneficiaries as high severity compared to non-hospitalists, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Health Forum .
CMS’ recently released fiscal year (FY) 2023 IPPS proposed rule includes 1,179 proposed ICD-10-CM code additions, mainly affecting reporting for dementia, concussions, and injuries due to motor vehicle collisions. The code changes, if finalized, would take effect October 1, 2022.
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2023 IPPS proposed rule on April 18, with proposals for the annual ICD-10-CM/PCS code update and increases to hospital payment rates. The rule also introduces new quality measures aimed at advancing health equity and improving maternal health outcomes.
A New York City provider received an estimated $1.1 million in Medicare overpayments for behavioral health services that did not comply with billing requirements, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report.
A recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) projected that hospitals received $47.8 million in net overpayments from January 2018 through July 2019 for Medicare Part A claims that did not meet national requirements or contractor specifications for bariatric surgery.
CMS recently released an update to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Procedure-to-Procedure (PTP) edit files, introducing more than 4,000 new CPT code pairs. The PTP edits took effect April 1 and primarily involve codes found in the pathology and laboratory section of the CPT Manual .
CMS recently released three ICD-10-PCS codes, effective April 1, for the administration of fostamatinib (Tavalisse®)—an oral spleen tyrosine kinase inhibitor used to treat adults with low platelet count due to chronic immune thrombocytopenia.
Following the release of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s March report to Congress, the American Medical Association (AMA) urged Congress to revise the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) to include stable, annual payment updates that keep up with inflation and practice costs.
A recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that Tufts Health Plan Inc. (Tufts) received at least $3.7 million of net overpayments from 2015 to 2016 for incorrectly submitting selected high-risk diagnosis codes.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently announced it will conduct statewide reviews to determine whether hospitals complied with Medicaid billing requirements when assigning severe malnutrition diagnosis codes to inpatient hospital claims.
CMS recently issued a new HCPCS code for the antiviral medication remdesivir when administered in the outpatient setting. The new code is a response to a statement from the National Institutes of Health regarding therapies for the COVID-19 omicron variant.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released multiple addenda with new tabular and index instructions and updates to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to complement the updated ICD-10-CM code set to become effective April 1.
Between 2016 and 2019, Medicare payments to laboratories for genetic tests quadrupled from $351 million to $1.41 billion. This sharp increase in spending on genetic testing is likely linked to excessive and fraudulent billing, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report.
The fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report has been released, assigning grades to 2,901 hospitals. The grades come from hospitals’ performance on over 30 evidence-based measures of patient safety. For the first time, a new grading factor for post-operative sepsis, blood leakage, and kidney injury were included in those measures.