Eighty-four hospitals may have received incorrect payments for discharges on or after October 1 due to errors in the hospital wage-index table published in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) pricer, according to CMS.
Along with its annual updates to the inpatient-only list, the 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule finalized a proposal that will give hospitals a grace period to adjust internal policies for procedures recently removed from the inpatient-only list.
The fiscal year (FY) 2020 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, released shortly after the FY 2020 ICD-10-CM code release, provide instructions for healthcare professionals on how to appropriately report complex diagnoses. Coders should take time to review these changes that were implemented October 1.
Put CMS’ proposed changes in perspective to see the bigger picture. Comments are due June 24, so hospitals will need to conduct a careful analysis to determine the impact of the proposed changes and submit specific feedback.