CMS released Transmittal 3997 March 8, outlining HCPCS drug and biological code updates. These changes include updates to specific biosimilar biological product HCPCS codes, modifiers used with these biosimilar biologic products, and an autologous cellular immunotherapy treatment.
The cost for a hospital stay in 2014 involving acute renal failure (ARF) averaged $19,200, nearly twice the $9,900 average cost for stays not involving renal failure, according to the statistical brief published by The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).
CMS released Transmittal 3950 on January 12 describing updates to a list of the HCPCS codes for Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors and Part B Medicare Administrative Contractor jurisdictions.
Only 12% of eligible hospitals signed up for CMS’ Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Model 2 initiative and 47% of them dropped out completely within two years, according to a recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association .
With providers continuing to expand clinical documentation improvement efforts into outpatient settings, ACDIS has published a position paper offering guidance to outpatient CDI departments for performing queries.
Upon reviewing 2,145 inpatient claims at 25 providers, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that all but one claim incorrectly included the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code for kwashiorkor (260). This resulted in overpayments in excess of $6 million, according to the OIG report .
Recent findings support the possibility that the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program has had the unintended consequence of increased mortality in patients hospitalized with heart failure, says a study published by JAMA .
Providers will no longer be required to append modifier -GT (via interactive audio and video) to professional telehealth claims, effective January 1, 2018, according to a policy CMS finalized in the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule.
While the 2018 OPPS final rule may be controversial for its payment cuts to drugs purchased through the 340B drug discount program, it contains several provisions supported by hospitals and other stakeholders.
Within the span of two days last week, CMS released final rules for three comprehensive policies, which have important financial implications for hospitals, physicians, and medical professionals in 2018.
A Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) study showed insufficient documentation causes most improper payments for arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, according to the October 2017 Medicare Quarterly Compliance Newsletter .
On October 4, CMS issued a notice in the Federal Register containing numerous corrections to the 2018 IPPS final rule, including significant recalculations of MS-DRG relative weights and all budget neutrality factors.