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CMS Hospital Open Door Forum update

Briefings on APCs, August 1, 2008

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CMS hosted its most recent Hospital Open Door Forum (ODF) call June 12, during which it addressed several topics related to outpatient hospital services, including incident-to services and an update on patient status billing. Following is a summary of the call.

Patient status billing/clerical errors

A caller had a question about CMS’ policy on clerical patient status errors corrected postdischarge (i.e., the registration clerk registers a patient as outpatient in the computer system, when in fact the patient was admitted as an inpatient). The caller was following up on this issue, which was discussed in a previous Hospital ODF.

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