Revenue Cycle

Provider-friendly change to tracking observation hours

Recovery Auditor Report, June 30, 2011

In the July OPPS update, CMS made a manual change to the section on counting observation hours that was very provider-friendly. CMS amended Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 4 § 290.2.2 “Reporting Hours of Observation,” to allow providers to use average times when determining the amount of time to subtract from observation time for other procedures.

 Editor’s note: Kimberly Hoy, Esq., director of Medicare and compliance for HCPro, Inc., is the author of this week’s Medicare Weekly Update note from the instructor.

Continue reading Kimberly's note on the MedicareMentor Blog.

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