Corporate Compliance

Three HACs added in IPPS rule

Health Care Auditing Strategies, November 1, 2008

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With the release of its fiscal year 2009 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule, CMS added three hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) to its current list of eight that will affect payment to providers.

CMS will not recognize these HACs if they are not present on admission (POA) as complications and comorbidities (CC) or major CCs. CMS considers these conditions preventable and not part of the quality care patients should receive.

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