AMA published the 2024 CPT code set with 349 total editorial changes, including 230 additions, 49 deletions, and 70 revisions. The press release announced revisions for immunization/administration sections, E/M clarification, and new Spanish procedure descriptions.
A Journal of Hospital Medicine study published online in August found that decreases in readmission associated with CMS’ Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) correlated with an increase in patient mortality for certain conditions.
CMS updated its E/M Services Guide in August, reflecting changes for E/M services that went into effect January 1. The guide includes plain-language explanations of policy changes, but some do not align perfectly with AMA guidance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the launch of its Hospital Sepsis Program Core Elements initiative on August 24. The program offers resources for hospitals to improve identification and management of sepsis.
CMS recently released a national coverage determination update to the Medicare Claims Processing Manual . This update covers new requirements for CPT coding associated with acupuncture and dry needling services.
CMS recently published a summary of its second quarter 2023 HCPCS Level II code update application decisions, accepting 16 of 24 submissions. Many of the changes addressed in the announcement have an effective date of October 1, but one code revision and one code discontinuation will take effect before then.
A July JAMA Network study found that cannabis use disorder slightly increased patient morbidity and in-hospital mortality. The study included 12,422 hospitalizations following major elective inpatient surgeries.
CMS published the 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule on July 13 with new potential policies and codes affecting physician reporting, including new HCPCS codes for E/M services and behavioral health.
A recent study from Epic Research showed that the average length of provider notes increased, but note-taking time decreased since 2020. The study explains the reason for this change and the effect it has on providers.
A June study in The Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that data collection and reporting efforts to comply with CMS inpatient hospital quality programs cost more than $5 million and took more than 100,000 personnel hours for a large hospital.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released the results of an audit of Medicare billing requirements for psychotherapy services submitted from March 2020 through February 2021 as providers adapted to changes introduced as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
CMS released Transmittal 12053 in May, outlining CMS’ intended changes in the July 2023 OPPS update. The new HCPCS codes will be used to report gastric procedures, insulin pump equipment, echocardiography processing, and more.
CMS recently published an MLN Fact Sheet that explains how providers can check Medicare claim status information. This quick reference guide also offers pointers on establishing an NPI, monitoring claims, when to check claims’ payment statuses, and more.
CMS published its first quarter 2023 HCPCS Application Summaries and Coding Recommendations April 27, which summarizes the final decisions on HCPCS Level II code assignments. CMS created 58 new HCPCS codes, deleted seven codes, and revised one code. Most changes will be implemented July 1.