This week’s Medicare updates include a Q&A on changes to new technology add-on payments pertaining to antibiotics, a decision memo on coverage for acupuncture as a treatment for chronic low back pain, implementation details for a new ICD-10-CM code for vaping-related disorder, and more!
Q: How do we bill for services when our utilization review (UR) team determines postdischarge that an inpatient admission was not medically necessary? Are these services billed as outpatient or inpatient?
A large HIPAA breach settlement after a hospital system’s alleged failure to follow the feds’ suggested solution is a reminder that when it comes to enforcement, the government is holding all the cards.
Q: We are finding that physician documentation is lacking for vaping-related lung injuries at our hospital, making it hard to report the condition accurately. What can our coding team do to remedy this situation, and how do we accurately report vaping-related lung injuries in ICD-10-CM?
Q: In OCR's $3 million settlement with Touchstone Medical Imaging, one of Touchtone's FTP servers allowed uncontrolled access to patients’ PHI. This permitted search engines to index the PHI of patients, which remained visible even after the server was taken offline. What missteps can providers avoid in this arena?