Several CPT modifiers have similar definitions, which can make distinguishing between them challenging. Review guidance for the appropriate application of modifier -51 versus -59 and discontinued service modifiers -52, -53, -73, and -74.
In its July newsletter, OCR announced a collaboration with the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to seek user feedback and improvement suggestions on its Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool.
CMS has reinstated the short-stay reviews and high-weighted DRG reviews originally halted in 2019. The national contract to conduct these reviews was awarded to Livanta, one of the Beneficiary & Family-Centered Care and Quality Improvement Organizations.
CMS announced another round of changes to its Bundled Payments for Care Improvement program recently and said that while participation thus far has been voluntary, it may become mandatory starting as early as 2024.