Health Information Management

CMS revises POA instructions

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 24, 2010

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On August 13 CMS issued Transmittal 756, Change Request 7024, to instruct providers on present-on-admission (POA) reporting. Effective with the implementation of 5010, inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) hospitals will no longer report the POA indicator of 1. ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes that are exempt from reporting POA should be left blank instead of being populated with a 1.

CMS also released MLN Matters article MM7024 for providers seeking additional information on the change.
 
The change is effective January 1, 2011; the implementation date is January 3, 2011.



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