CMS wants your thoughts on its 2018 OPPS proposed changes. In various places in the proposed rule, CMS specifically asks providers to comment on the proposals. You may submit comments to the agency until September 11, 2017.
You may find significant changes to E/M reporting in the near future, including a pivot away from two key elements — history and physical exam — that largely determine a given level of service for your most common patient encounters.
Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , explains that as a coding manager, whether your inpatient team is on-site, off-site, or remote, creating the appropriate environment and selecting proper locations are key to any successful team. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
In late June, CMS released a major proposed rule that hospitals will need to pay attention to—and no, I don’t mean to say that CMS released the CY 2018 OPPS proposed rule early, though we’ve thought that might happen since it’s been at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for several months.
As CMS and third-party payers have looked for ways to treat patients in the outpatient setting and reduce inpatient volumes, CMS has used the 2-midnight rule, in addition to other methods, to treat patients as outpatients or in observation whenever possible.
Every now and then, the HCPro Boot Camp instructors are asked similar questions on a specific billing issue from students and clients across the country. The old saying “there must be something in the water” often holds true, and it does in this case, especially regarding recent OIG audits.
In today’s virtual environment, with its focus on flexible schedules, organizing an inpatient coding team requires consideration of time zones, team member skills, volume of work, and claim-processing schedules. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
There is an extensive list of coverage requirements that must be met to furnish outpatient services to Medicare beneficiaries. Gina M. Reese, RN, JD, CPHRM , discusses some of the trickier issues that facilities will need to audit more carefully while monitoring for compliance in provider-based departments.
The Ochsner Health System in Louisiana revolutionized the way its clinical documentation excellence (CDE) team captures annual hierarchical condition categories for all patients across its vast system. Now, Ochsner can serve as a case study to educate others on how to create an outpatient focus on CDI in an increasingly risk-adjusted world.
There is an extensive list of coverage requirements that must be met to furnish outpatient services to Medicare beneficiaries. Hospitals may find that certain coverage requirements for therapeutic and diagnostic service are more difficult to meet than others, especially in off-campus provider-based departments.
Coding plays a large role in claims and therefore is a key factor in reimbursement compliance. As such, coders have a responsibility to be as accurate and up-to-date on coding practices as possible. Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, CHPS , explores some of the organizations and regulatory bodies available to assist coders.
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.
HCCs are the basis for risk adjustments for reimbursement models like Medicare Advantage, accountable care organizations, and other value-based purchasing measures such as Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary. Poor understanding and application of HCCs mean that a hospital’s patients may be much sicker in reality than they appear to be on paper, and that will hit reimbursement hard.
Accurate clinical documentation is the bedrock of the legal medical record, billing, and coding. It is also the most complex and vulnerable part of revenue cycle because independent providers must document according to intricate and sometimes vague 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.