The IPPS 2019 final rule, released August 3, formally reversed the CMS requirement that a physician’s order must be in the medical record for the hospital to bill for inpatient services under Medicare Part A. But it hasn’t eliminated all the associated headaches related to inpatient admission orders.
Medicare beneficiaries who received transitional care services from physicians after they were discharged home from a healthcare organization had lower costs and were less likely to die in the month that followed than those who didn’t, according to a new study.
Finding postacute placement for infants, children, and youth with complex health conditions can be a sizable challenge. While many organizations have begun to create programs to support adult patients in their transitions to postacute facilities and back into the community, the same programs should be considered for pediatric patients.
Case managers and hospitals are increasingly struggling with challenges related to patients with opioid-related substance use disorders. But new legislation working its way through the government may help.