Also In The News - Health Headlines - July 2015 #2

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CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready for ICD-10 – On July 6, 2015, CMS and AMA announced efforts to continue to assist providers to get ready for the upcoming October 1 switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures.  According to the Joint Press Release, over the next three months CMS and AMA will be educating providers through webinars, on-site training, educational articles, and national provider calls to help physicians and other health care providers prepare for the transition.

Roundtable on CMS’s 2016 OPPS Proposed Rule: Changes to the Two Midnight Rule and Patient Status Reviews – On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, King & Spalding will host a Roundtable to discuss the Calendar Year 2016 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule issued by CMS on July 1, 2015, which includes proposed changes to the controversial Two Midnight Rule, as well as changes regarding the review of patient status claims requiring Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) contractors to conduct reviews of short inpatient stays.  In this 90-minute session, K&S attorneys will discuss the details of the OPPS Proposed Rule and the implications of QIO patient status audits, as well as practical considerations for providers.  You do not have to be a client to attend, and there is no charge.  For more information and to register, click here.
 

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