CMS released the fiscal year 2018 IPPS proposed rule in April, and with it came a bevy of new potential ICD-10-CM codes. The update includes a total of 406 proposed new, revised, and deleted codes to be implemented October 1, 2017.
Traditionally, the OPPS rulemaking cycle has been the main vehicle for changes to outpatient coding and billing regulations and policy that hospitals need to pay attention to. But increasingly, CMS has been introducing or discussing changes relevant to outpatient hospitals beyond the scope of the OPPS rules.
Medicare recently published revisions to its appeals process, focusing on the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level of appeal. These revisions were published in the Federal Register in the form of final regulations on January 17, 2017, and became effective March 20.
The 2017 calendar year marks the beginning of a new approach to physician payment through the Quality Payment Program (QPP), an initiative created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act to revise the physician payment system previously updated through the Sustainable Growth Rate.