Health Information Management

Build a base for comprehensive review of procedure data

Briefings on APCs, July 1, 2010

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During this time of continued growth in outpatient surgery, the importance of accurate and comprehensive outpatient procedure data cannot be stressed enough. Since July 1, 1987, CMS has required hospitals to use the AMA’s CPT coding system to report outpatient procedures rendered to Medicare patients in all hospital outpatient settings (e.g., ambulatory surgery units, emergency rooms, clinics).

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