Health Information Management

Tip: Charge for opened supplies for canceled procedure

APCs Insider, March 19, 2010

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Should hospitals charge for open but unused supplies when a patient is brought to the OR and anesthesia is initiated, but the procedure is cancelled?

Hospitals may charge for costs incurred in the performance of such a procedure, a CMS representative said during a Hospital Open Door Forum call. Any supplies used in the care of that patient, if opened, are legitimate charges.
 
This tip was adapted from “CMS clarifies interrupted procedures, physician supervision” in the March issue of Briefings on APCs.



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