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News: OIG targets MS-DRGs upcoding in 2009 Work Plan

CDI Strategies, October 29, 2008

Since October 1, 2007, Medicare providers have been adapting to a revised hospital inpatient reimbursement system, otherwise known as Medicare Severity DRGs (MS-DRGs).

One year later, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its 2009 Work Plan and included an item that says they will “examine coding trends and patterns under the new system and determine whether specific MS-DRGs are vulnerable to potential upcoding.”

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