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Pay-per-view: Hospitals see therapy, molecular pathology changes

APCs Insider, January 18, 2013

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The biggest operational change for outpatient facilities for 2013 does not appear in the 2013 OPPS final rule. Instead, CMS announced changes to reporting therapy services in the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule.

"For the last several years the provider community has had to read both rules to find all of the changes that impact hospitals," says Jugna Shah, MPH, president of Nimitt Consulting based in Washington, D.C. "This might seem unintuitive, but CMS addresses issues in whichever rule it uses to make the payment, and since always therapy services are paid under the Physician Fee Schedule, that's where hospitals will have to look to understand the new rules they will be expected to abide by in 2013."
 
Continue readingHospitals see therapy, molecular pathology changeson HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the January issue.



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