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.
As part of the October 2017 OPPS update, CMS will revise its policy on upper eyelid blepharoplasty and blepharoptosis repairs to allow physicians to receive payment for medically necessary blepharoptosis repairs when performed with cosmetic blepharoplasty.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the Cooperating Parties responsible for the ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines, recently released a 2018 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting errata. Slight changes were made to the guidelines for diabetes, hypertension, and principal diagnosis selection.
The 2018 updates to the CPT Manual released in early September feature a total of 314 code changes. New codes for E/M visits, genetic testing services, and endovascular repairs of aortic aneurysms are among the 172 additions.
Don’t automatically presume a link between two conditions within a combination code in cases when a guideline requires that link to be explicitly documented, the latest version of the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines clarify.
According to a study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, researchers studying emergency department (ED) visits found that electronic sepsis alert implementation increased ED sepsis detection from 83% to 96%.
The 2018 OPPS and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rules usually make their debuts around the Fourth of July, but despite a later release this year, there were plenty of fireworks within each rule that should generate provider feedback during the comment periods.
In June, CMS released the 2018 ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting which include various revisions from the 2017 guidelines. These changes come on the heels of the 2018 IPPS proposed rule and recently released ICD-10-PCS codes.