The AMA revamped coding for molecular pathology beginning in 2012 and continuing in the 2013 CPT ® Manual. Now CMS is trying to determine how to pay for those tests and the agency wants to hear from providers.
CMS is reexamining inpatient criteria because it has seen a significant increase in the number of patients spending more than 24 hours in observation. Providers are worried that a Recovery Auditor will deny a short inpatient stay for lack of medical necessity and recoup payment years later. So instead, some facilities place patients in observation for longer time periods.