Health Information Management

Implement the new ESA transmittals in your hospital

Briefings on APCs, July 1, 2008

Editor's note: This is the first article in a two-part series. In January, CMS published three transmittals (Transmittals 1412, 1413, and 80) that significantly changed the process of billing for erythropoietin-stimulating agents (ESA). As noted in the March Briefings on APCs, hospitals that treat end-stage renal disease know these guidelines, but other facilities may find them difficult to implement. An April 10 HCPro, Inc., audioconference, "New ESA Transmittals: Train Your Staff on Coverage Coding and Billing Guidelines," addressed this problem.

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