New Grouper Edits For Home Health Claims

The Home Health (HH) Grouper program has various data validity edits that make sure it uses consistent and accurate data when calculating payment groups on HH claims. Of these edits, currently only a principal diagnosis not assigned to a clinical group causes HH claims to be returned to the provider. Other principal diagnosis code errors aren’t returned to the provider. In some cases, this causes processing problems.

CY 2023 Medicare Deductible, Coinsurance & Premium Rates Update

Patients using covered Part A and Part B services may be subject to deductible and coinsurance requirements. Medicare subtracts an inpatient hospital deductible amount from the amount payable to the hospital for inpatient hospital services it provides in a spell of illness. When a patient gets such services for more than 60 days during a spell of illness, they’re responsible for a coinsurance amount equal to one-fourth of the inpatient hospital deductible for each day of days 61-90 spent in the hospital. A patient has 60 lifetime reserve days of coverage, which they may use after day 90 in a spell of illness. The coinsurance amount for these days is equal to one-half of the inpatient hospital deductible.

AMA Releases 2023 CPT Code Set

Building on its efforts to reduce administrative tasks in medicine, the American Medical Association (AMA) has released the 2023 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set. Modifications to the E/M codes are among 393 editorial changes in the 2023 CPT code set, including 225 new codes, 75 deletions and 93 revisions. The new modification to the E/M codes extend to inpatient and observation care services, consultations, emergency department services, nursing facility services, home and residence services, and prolonged services.

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