The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the Final Rule for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that takes effect Oct. 1.  The rule updates payment policies for the 2022 fiscal year (FY), updates IRF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for FY 2022, and addresses comments related to the…
Medicare payment policies and rates are set to be adjusted for the 2022 fiscal year as a result of the moves. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) brought a four-pack of final rules to the backyard barbecue as the dog days of summer continue. The federal agency unveiled…
The final rule contains 78,220 code changes, up by 117 from FY 2021. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final ICD-10-PCS codes and guidelines for the 2022 fiscal year (FY). The files included in the release include the Addenda File, Code Tables and Index file,…
The conversion factor was increased twice in one week. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  (CMS), in a rare move, recently raised the  conversion factor (CF) twice in one week, resulting in an adjustment of approximately $34.89 for 2021. The action by CMS marked a last-minute slight increase to…
Comments are being sought now. With two COVID-19 vaccines now being distributed nationwide and more on the way, in addition to what are sure to be forthcoming enhancements in treatment of the virus, federal officials have issued an interim final rule with comment period establishing add-on payments for such measures.…
The list will be eliminated over the course of three years. Federal officials unveiled the 2021 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule this week, and it heralds a long-awaited development in the initialization of the dissolution of the Medicare Inpatient-Only List. Introduced approximately 20 years ago, the List designates…
More changes are likely coming. As many of you have heard, there are major changes coming to evaluation and management (E&M) codes in 2021. The changes were finalized in the 2020 Physician Final Rule.  The good news is that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave us all…
CMS updated Medicare regulations for 2019 EDITOR’S NOTE: Veteran Washington, D.C. observer Stanley Nachimson reported on the final rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) during Talk-Ten-Tuesdays today. The following is a transcription of his remarks. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been quite…