Those afflicted with sickle-cell disease or sickle cell traits were more likely to experience severe COVID-19 illness and hospitalization, according to a recent study presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition.
CMS recently announced that it will take steps to increase hospital capacity by allowing care to be provided to patients outside a traditional, inpatient hospital setting amid a rising number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
CMS recently announced 27 new ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes, along with corresponding MS-DRG assignment, for diagnoses and procedures related to COVID-19. These new codes will become effective for discharges on or after January 1.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced it plans to audit hospital inpatient claims. According to the report, the OIG wants to determine if inpatient claims with short lengths of stay were incorrectly billed as inpatient when they should have been billed as outpatient or outpatient with observation.
Incorrect acute stroke diagnosis codes reported by Medicare providers resulted in millions of dollars in increased payments to Medicare Advantage organizations, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report.
CMS on October 28 released an interim final rule that ensures physician reimbursement for the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine and outpatient hospital reimbursement for COVID-19 drug services provided at the same time as a comprehensive APC service.
Baylor Scott & White-College Station didn't properly bill Medicare for supplemental outlier payments, according to a September Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. Reviewed claims contained errors due to overcharging and inaccurate coding, resulting in $189,276 in overpayments, said the report.
CMS recently released the FY 2021 IPPS final rule, which increased hospital payment rates, created new MS-DRGs, and finalized the FY 2021 ICD-10-CM/PCS code sets and CC/MCC designations to be implemented October 1.
The American Medical Association (AMA) on September 8 published two new CPT codes for novel coronavirus (COVID-19)-related services, including one that accounts for additional supplies and clinical staff time used to mitigate the spread of the virus.
CMS recently released guidance stating that for inpatient novel coronavirus (COVID-19) claims, a positive viral test result is now required in order to be eligible for the 20% increase in the MS-DRG weighting factor. This became effective for all admissions on or after September 1.
The 2021 MPFS proposed rule, released August 3, introduces new policies under the Quality Payment Program (QPP) including plans to delay implementation of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System Value Payment (MVP) model and introduce 108 new quality measures.