Corporate Compliance

Get ready to audit POA

Strategies for Health Care Compliance, July 1, 2008

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CMS completed its phased implementation of the present-on-admission (POA) reporting requirements April 1. That means your POA auditing strategies need to be in place now to ensure proper reimbursement later.

The POA reporting initiative is part of a CMS program, mandated by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, that requires quality reporting aimed at ferreting out hospital-acquired conditions. Under the program, all inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) hospitals had to begin submitting POA information for all Medicare inpatient discharges October 1, 2007.

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