Advanced Tissue Association News

Grace period for ICD-10-coded medical claims to end Oct. 1

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Aug 24, 2016

The CMS announced that the one-year grace period for medical claims using the ICD-10 code set will end on Oct. 1, and health care organizations will be required to use the correct degree of specificity when coding claims. Unspecified codes may still be used when needed, the agency said.

FDA improves online Orange Book

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Aug 17, 2016

An improved web-based version of the FDA's Orange Book, a list of drugs approved on the basis of safety and effectiveness, was launched Monday. The website's design was updated and additional user-friendly search options were added.

Law requires hospitals to inform Medicare patients about observation stays

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Aug 10, 2016

A new law requires hospitals to tell Medicare patients they could face significant out-of-pocket expenses if they stay in the hospital longer than 24 hours without formally being admitted. Patients, who will start getting the notices in January, could face charges because Medicare may not cover subsequent care, such as a nursing home stay, unless patients are first admitted to the hospital.

CMS' online sessions to offer clinicians more information on PQRS

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Aug 10, 2016

The CMS will hold the first of three online sessions focused on attesting for the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System on Aug. 16. Eligible health care professionals may use qualified PQRS registries, qualified clinical data registries or certified EHR technology to submit their data and can report their information individually or as a group.

FDA panel to consider risk classifications for wound-care devices

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Aug 10, 2016

The FDA's General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel will meet Sept. 20 and 21 to discuss how certain wound-care devices with antimicrobials and other drugs should be classified based on the risks they pose, their indications, evidence of clinical benefit and composition. The agency is accepting comments on the meeting and the subject matter until Oct. 20.

CMS updates quality measures, payments for health care facilities

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Aug 03, 2016

The CMS last week updated Medicare payments and quality reporting measures for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and hospices. The agency said aggregate payments to SNFs would increase 2.4% in fiscal year 2017, inpatient rehab facilities would get an overall update of about 1.9%, and hospices would see a 2.1% increase.

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