The 2016 OPPS proposed rule released July 2 is deceptively short, but packs a punch. CMS is proposing the most massive APC reconfiguration and consolidation of APC groups since the beginning of OPPS, says Jugna Shah, MPH, president and founder of Nimitt Consulting, based in Washington, D.C., and Spicer, Minnesota.
To get a real sense of the financial impact, providers will need to take several steps, says Shah. First, review the narrative text to get a feel for the major categories of changes CMS is proposing, including some of the operational ones.
A few days after Briefings on APCs conducted the interview that appeared in last month's issue with W. Jeff Terry, MD, an AMA delegate from Mobile, Alabama, the AMA and CMS announced an accord regarding ICD-10.
In a joint announcement, the organizations said that CMS would not audit or deny Part B physician fee schedule claims for one year after ICD-10-CM implementation due to lack of specificity. While physicians will still be responsible for meeting medical necessity and LCD and NCD requirements, valid ICD-10-CM codes that include the appropriate first three characters will be sufficiently specific for Medicare claims.