CMS announced on February 13 that it created a new HCPCS code U0001 to report laboratory testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Medicare’s claims processing system will be able to accept this code on April 1 for dates of service on or after February 4.
In 2017, roughly 48 million incident cases of sepsis were recorded worldwide and 11 million sepsis-related deaths were reported, according to a study published in The Lancet . According to the study, this represents 19.7% of all global deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published an ICD-10-CM index and tabular addenda with reporting criteria for new ICD-10-CM code U07.0 (vaping-related disorders). The agency also updated its MS-DRG grouper software package to accommodate the new code.
CMS recently published Special Edition MLN Matters article 20004 regarding changes to new technology add-on payments (NTAP) under the IPPS that are meant to increase access to innovative antibiotics for hospital inpatients.
CMS recently rescinded Transmittal 4880, January 2020 Update of the OPPS, and replaced it with Transmittal 4494 to include updated language on the removal of procedures from the inpatient-only list and new information on out-of-pocket costs for screenings with electrocardiography. All other information remains the same.
Ninety percent of hospital and inpatient organization leaders are considering outsourcing both clinical and non-clinical functions to achieve cost-efficiencies and succeed in value-based care models, according to a recent Black Book survey.
Medicare made $54.4 million in improper payments to acute care hospitals for post-acute transfers that did not comply with Medicare’s policies, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
A new ICD-10-CM code for reporting vaping-related disorders will become effective April 1, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics announced on December 9.
Safety-net hospitals may not have adequate resources to comply with federal and state sepsis quality improvement standards required of acute care hospitals, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Critical Care .
In the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, CMS proposes to adopt four new time-based HCPCS codes to be used in place of existing CPT codes for complex and non-complex chronic care management (CCM) services.
In the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, CMS increased the performance threshold for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible providers and finalized its proposal to implement the MIPS Value Pathways (MVP) framework in calendar year 2021.
CMS released the calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and OPPS final rules approving changes to E/M documentation guidelines, introducing new HCPCS codes, and continuing its potentially unlawful payment policy for drugs purchased through the 340B drug discount program.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released documentation guidance for providers who evaluate patients with symptoms of e-cigarette- or vaping-associated lung injury, as well as official ICD-10-CM coding guidance for reporting these encounters.
During the September ICD-10-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a proposal to add, delete, and revise various ICD-10-CM codes for reporting sepsis.
The American Hospital Association, Community Oncology Alliance, and other hospital organizations expressed concerns regarding CMS’ proposed mandatory payment model for radiation oncology (RO), which if finalized, would go into effect January 1.