Corporate Compliance

Note: Inpatient Part B benefit - limited services payable under Part B to hospital inpatients

Medicare Insider, June 30, 2009

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Editor’s note: Judith Kares, JD, CPC, regulatory specialist for HCPro, Inc., is the author of this week’s note from the instructor.

Although there were several transmittals and other CMS issuances published during the past week, they were primarily technical in nature rather than of general interest.  Having just completed an MBC-H course in Chicago, I was reminded of a topic that I have wanted to discuss for some time.   Although not new--that is, there have been no recent changes—there are several things that participants seem surprised about when we discuss them in class.  Under the limited inpatient Part B benefit, hospitals can bill Medicare for certain nonphysician services furnished by a hospital (directly or under arrangements) to an inpatient of the hospital when these services are not covered under Part A.

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