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Tip of the Week: Stay up-to-date on diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals in 2008

APCs Insider, January 18, 2008

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Although CMS packaged diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals for 2008, hospitals must submit HCPCS code(s) for diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals furnished in connection with separately payable diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures.

For 2008, CMS will begin paying for separately payable therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals and separately payable brachytherapy sources on a prospective payment basis rather than on a cost basis.

(The above tip was excerpted from the January issue of Briefings on APCs).



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