CMS posted its 2024 Therapy Code List and Dispositions on December 28. This list indicates whether therapy services, as distinguished by HCPCS Level II and CPT codes, are recognized under CMS as “sometimes therapy” or “always therapy.”
Michael Lonski, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, was sentenced to 27 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for conducting $2.6 million in Medicare and Medicaid fraud, the Department of Justice announced December 19.
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently released a study that analyzed social determinants of health and other conditions associated with lower-limb amputation in the U.S.’ most populated areas. The study found that several factors corresponded with an increased risk of amputation.
Children diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) had a readmission rate of 27.8% in the first year after discharge, with half of those readmissions occurring within two months, according to a recent study in JAMA Network Open.
CMS recently published a summary of its third quarter 2023 HCPCS Level II code update application decisions, accepting 51 of 61 submissions. There were also 10 codes that will be discontinued and one code whose definition will be revised. The additional codes mostly consist of injections and skin substitutes.
Approximately 33% of patients who experienced a first-time atrial fibrillation (AF) episode while hospitalized for noncardiac reasons had additional AF episodes up to one year after being discharged, according to a study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine .
CMS estimated $4.4 billion in improper payments in 2022 for hospital outpatient services, according to a Comprehensive Error Rate Test review recently published in the Medicare Provider Compliance Newsletter. According to the report, of the 1,899 inspected claims, 5.4% were improperly paid.
CMS' recently implemented October OPPS update brings with it a slew of new, revised, and deleted CPT and HCPCS Level II codes with effective dates ranging from April 18 to October 1. Among the additions are codes for vaccines, vaccine administration, skin substitutes, renal histotripsy, and breast imaging.