In August, U.S. District Judge David Ezra in Texas dismissed a case against Baylor Scott & White Health that alleged the organization falsely billed for millions in false claims for Medicare reimbursement.
In response to a formal request for information from industry stakeholders, CMS received 567 comments on ways to improve its Patients Over Paperwork Initiative, including many requests from hospital groups to simplify billing and prior approval requirements.
CMS released the FY 2020 IPPS final rule on August 2, which finalized its decision on requests for new MS-DRG designations for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapies. Upheld from the proposed rule, CMS denied these requests.
The four organizations that make up the Cooperating Parties for ICD-10 recently approved the 2020 ICD-10-CM guidelines, which include updated guidance for reporting pressure-induced deep tissue damage, multiple drugs or medicinal substances, injuries and complications.
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS final rule on August 2 with updates to payment rates and wage index values, changes to CC/MCC designations, and revisions to various MS-DRGs. Policy updates affect approximately 3,300 acute care hospitals and apply to discharges beginning October 1.
CMS released the calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and OPPS proposed rules on July 29, introducing new CPT codes and extensive changes to documentation requirements for E/M office visits, and seeking commentary on how to overhaul MIPS and potentially undo its payment policy for drugs purchased through the 340B discount program.
A retrospective billing study conducted by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, showed that pre-existing psychiatric comorbidities independently predicted elevated healthcare costs for a large population of patients treated with radiation at the institution.
A Medicare billing study recently published in The Journal of Hand Surgery found that provider reimbursement for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans of the upper extremities significantly decreased over the last decade.
CMS announced on June 21 that it updated the national coverage policy for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), requiring covered hospitals and physicians to begin or maintain a TAVR program and adhere to updated volume requirements.
CMS recently released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 ICD-10-PCS changes and Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting for the procedural coding system which will affect discharges occurring from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.
The July 2019 quarterly update to the OPPS, released by CMS in late May, announces an effective date of July 1 for 20 CPT Category III codes and revises status indicators for CPT codes used to report imaging by magnetocardiography.
The estimated annual cost of sepsis readmissions is more than half the annual cost of all Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program conditions combined, according to a study published in CHEST Journal .
CMS released Transmittal 4313 on May 24 describing changes that will be implemented in the July 2019 quarterly update to the OPPS. These changes included several new HCPCS codes for reporting certain drugs and biologicals.
At a Senate Committee on Finance hearing on May 8, physician groups urged Congress to work with CMS to improve the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) by establishing new performance measures and providing greater financial incentives for participating providers.
CMS released the fiscal year 2020 IPPS proposed rule in April, which addressed various requests for MS-DRG designations, and in particular, the request for a new MS-DRG designation for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapies that CMS subsequently denied.
CMS’ recently released fiscal year (FY) 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule includes 273 proposed ICD-10-CM code additions mainly affecting reporting for legal interventions, orbital roof fractures, and pressure-induced deep tissue damage. The code changes, if finalized, will take effect October 1, 2019.
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 IPPS proposed rule Tuesday, April 23, which included the annual ICD-10-CM/PCS code update proposals, significant changes to CC/MCC and MS-DRG designations, and a proposed increase to hospital payment rates.
Hospital/physician practice integration has contributed to an increase in chemotherapy drug treatment and injection administration spending under Medicare, according to a study recently published in Health Economics.