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OPPS 2010 proposed rule: Earliest release brings fewer substantial policy changes

APCs Insider, August 13, 2009

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The text portion of the 2010 OPPS proposed rule is shorter than previous years’ rules, and the substantive policy changes seem fewer as well. After all, CMS did not propose adding any new composite APCs or national E/M guidelines, hospital outpatient quality indicators, or any other major coding or billing changes when it released the proposed rule July 2.
 
One reason may be the pending healthcare reform Congress and the Obama administration are considering.
 
“CMS is of course aware of the many provisions being considered under health reform and may be taking a wait-and-see approach,” says Jugna Shah, MPH, president of Nimitt Consulting in Washington, DC. “Why make things even more complicated for hospitals when a whole slew of other changes may be imminent?”
 
Continue reading “OPPS 2010 proposed rule: Earliest release brings fewer substantial policy changes” on the HCPro Web site. Briefings on APCs subscribers have free access to this article in the September issue.



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