News & Analysis

March 1, 2020
Briefings on APCs

To enhance efforts to combat the opioid crisis in America, CMS policy allows for a new benefit under Medicare Part B concerning Opioid Treatment Programs.

February 1, 2020
Briefings on APCs

The Medicine section of the CPT Manual includes codes for a variety of services including acupuncture, vaccinations, and behavioral health assessments and is divided into 33 subsections that can make it challenging to navigate.

January 1, 2020
Briefings on APCs

The 2020 update to the CPT Manual includes extensive updates to cardiovascular codes, including new codes for pericardiocentesis and pericardial drainage, aortic grafting, and endovascular repair procedures.

January 1, 2020
Briefings on APCs

If you aren’t yet confused by the site-neutral payment policy changes prompted by CMS apparently ignoring both Congressional intent and the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other impacted hospitals filing suit, you are likely to become so now.

November 5, 2019
Briefings on APCs

As of October 1, approximately 1,080 cases of respiratory illnesses and 18 deaths brought on by vaping have been reported in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite continued research into these cases by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the specific cause of these illnesses remains unknown.

November 4, 2019
Medicare Web

CMS is moving forward with multiple policies—effectively based on reducing reimbursement to hospitals—that have been deemed unlawful in court, according to the 2020 OPPS final rule, released Friday, November 1. However, the agency pushed its controversial price transparency proposals to a separate, yet-to-be released final rule.

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