AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2001 Issue 2

The chargemaster

BY DANELLE KELLY R.N., CPC, CPC-HD J KELLY & ASSOCIATES, INC. SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS Chargemaster, Charge Description Master, CDM, they all refer to the “list” of your facility’s billable items. Every hospital has one. Every hospital at one time or another has gone through a dreaded computer conversion, (when you change from one system to another) and every hospital should update their CDM on a quarterly basis for OPPS pass - through items and yearly for the other departments. Does yours? So, how is the CDM set up? Each department in your hospital is assigned to a...

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