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CMS Hospital Open Door Forum update

Briefings on APCs, August 1, 2008

CMS hosted its most recent Hospital Open Door Forum (ODF) call June 12, during which it addressed several topics related to outpatient hospital services, including incident-to services and an update on patient status billing. Following is a summary of the call. A caller had a question about CMS' policy on clerical patient status errors corrected postdischarge (i.e., the registration clerk registers a patient as outpatient in the computer system, when in fact the patient was admitted as an inpatient). The caller was following up on this issue, which was discussed in a previous Hospital ODF.

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