CMS proposed a handful of changes to the inpatient-only list in the 2018 OPPS proposed rule, including the removal of total knee replacement procedures from the list despite receiving mixed feedback on that idea last year.
Undiagnosed depression affects a third of hospitalized patients and may interfere with their recovery, says a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. It may also mean patients have a higher chance of experiencing an avoidable hospital readmission, because they are less likely to take medications as directed and more likely to miss outpatient appointments.
Q: I work at a continuing care retirement community. The marketing department and resource development staff want a daily census so they can visit donors, would-be donors, or possible candidates for buying in to our community. Is this acceptable? It seems to go beyond the minimum necessary standard.
This week's Medicare updates include the 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System proposed rule; the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Other Revisions to Part B / the Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements and Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program proposed rule; the Federal Healthcare Fraud Takedown; and more!