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Pay-per-view: CMS revises counting for observation hours in OPPS update

APCs Insider, July 29, 2011

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As part of the July quarterly update to OPPS, which became effective July 1, CMS introduced a new method for counting time for observation services. This change should be "tremendously helpful" for facilities, says Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, director of Medicare and compliance at HCPro, Inc., in Danvers, MA.

Effective July 1, CMS amended the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 4, §290.2.2, "Reporting Hours of Observation," to allow providers to subtract an average time for services with active monitoring.

Continue reading “CMS revises counting for observation hours in OPPS update” on HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the July issue.



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