CMS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new ICD-10-CM/PCS codes related to vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. These new ICD-10-CM/PCS codes are effective April 1, 2022.
According to a recent audit performed by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Coventry Health Care of Missouri Inc. received nearly half a million dollars in overpayments from 2014 through 2016 for incorrectly submitting diagnosis codes from high-risk groups.
CMS recently released the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and OPPS final rules, revising E/M coding guidelines for split visit services, retaining Category 3 telehealth codes through 2023, and increasing monetary penalties for hospital price transparency noncompliance.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced its intention to publish a toolkit for identifying adverse events through medical record reviews for inpatient hospitals. The OIG plans to have the toolkit published in fiscal year 2022.
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign recently released a 2021 update to guidelines for the care of patients with sepsis. The updated guidelines emphasize the difficulties with treating patients who are experiencing long-term effects of sepsis.
Between 2016 and 2017, CMS overpaid hospitals and other providers an estimated $636 million in unallowable Medicare payments associated with neurostimulator implantation surgeries, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report.
The October 2021 quarterly update to the OPPS announces new HCPCS codes for endoscopic submucosal dissection and central venous catheterization. It also introduces new HCPCS drug codes and revisions to the list of those qualifying for pass-through payment status.
CMS recently released the FY 2022 IPPS final rule, which finalized updates to quality programs including the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, and the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program.
CMS overpaid physicians an estimated $1.7 million for transitional care management (TCM) services over a two-year period, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. Overpayments were due to CPT coding and billing errors.
Medicare overcompensated providers for complex and noncomplex chronic care management (CCM) services billed over a two-year period, according to a recent OIG report. These overpayments occurred because CMS did not have claim edits in place to prevent billing of overlapping care management services.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released its fiscal year (FY) 2020 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Control Program report. During FY 2020, the federal government won or negotiated more than $1.8 billion in healthcare fraud judgments and settlements, according to the report.
CMS released the fiscal year (FY) 2022 IPPS final rule on Monday, August 2, which finalizes its efforts to cushion the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital revenue and resources. Along with payment rate updates, the final rule also repealed the MS-DRG relative weight methodology and hospital cost-reporting requirement finalized in the 2021 IPPS final rule.
The fiscal year (FY) 2022 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, both effective October 1, were recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and CMS, respectively.