AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2004 Issue 2

APC Advisory Panel meeting highlights

The Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Advisory Panel met in February 2004. The following is a report of key issues and recommendations from that meeting. Packaged services—paid or not paid Packaged services are normally an integral part of another service and are not separately payable. However, a problem exists when a packaged service is provided and there are no other payable codes reported. When this occurs the packaged service cannot be paid. At the recent APC Panel meeting, it was noted that the instruction for reporting packaged services provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) differ...

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