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Pay per view: Alleviate discharge disposition confusion to ensure compliance

APCs Insider, April 4, 2008

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Review special edition MLN Matters article, code descriptions

Discharge dispositions--two-digit codes that indicate a beneficiary's status when he or she transfers from a hospital to another healthcare setting-have been an ongoing source of confusion for coders and billers. So it should come as no surprise that CMS released MLN Matters article SE0801 to clarify how hospitals should report these codes.

Note: To view SE0801, click here.

Now that CMS released new discharge code 70 (Patient transferred to another type of institution not defined elsewhere), effective April 1, coders, billers, and other staff members who are involved in data abstraction should review this new code as well as other discharge status code descriptions to ensure compliance.

Click here to read more about discharge disposition confusion. Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies subscribers have free access to this article in the April issue via their online subscriptions.



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