Health Information Management

Pay-Per-View: Haste doesn't necessarily make waste when billing hospital supplies

APCs Insider, August 31, 2007

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Before you try to report unused supplies, you should have a basic underlying knowledge about why it is important to report both used and unused portions of a particular supply or item, according to Duane Abbey, PhD, CFP, management consultant and president of Abbey & Abbey Consultants, Inc., in Ames, IA.

CMS recently clarified these guidelines with the release of a transmittal and a frequently asked question (FAQ). These include:

  • Transmittal 1248, Revisions in the Medicare Claims Processing Manual to Section 40, "Discarded Drugs and Biologicals," and Section 100.2.9, "Submission of Claims With the Modifier JW, 'Drug Amount Discarded/Not Administered to Any Patient.' "
  • CMS FAQ 8380

Click here to read more about unused supplies such as drugs, biologicals, blood, radiopharmaceuticals, and brachytherapy sources. Briefings on APCs subscribers have free access via their online subscriptions.

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