CMS finalized a higher-than-proposed payment increase that was almost erased for most non-drug services to offset ending reduced reimbursement for 340B drugs, according to the 2023 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule. Provisions of the rule, released November 1, also detail significant changes to payment for software as a service (SaaS) and behavioral and rural health programs, such as the rural emergency hospital (REH) designation, among other updates.
CMS is moving ahead with major changes to evaluation and management (E/M) services, telehealth, coverage of dental services, and more in the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule. The rule, released November 1, also includes updates to vaccine payments and quality and reporting programs.
Q: My team and I are responsible for clinical documentation improvement (CDI). We’re considering adding a reconciliation element to our CDI review process next year. In your experience, what’s been the biggest benefit of performing reconciliation on charts?
Q: We are a critical access hospital (CAH). We provide smoking cessation therapy (CPT codes 99406-99407) in our cardiac rehab department. The documentation is done and signed by a respiratory therapist (RT), and we are currently billing this as a professional charge (on a UB-04 with revenue code 0981). My question is, can we bill this on a UB-04 as a facility charge only and still allow our RT or other ancillary staff to perform it?