BC Advantage - 2014 Issue 3

Hospitals Brace for Probe and Educate MAC Audits as Physician Documentation in Hospitals Takes on Even Greater Importance

Impact of the 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System ("IPPS") Final Rule on Hospital-Based Physician DocumentationJessica L. Gustafson, Esq. & Abby Pendleton, Esq. | The Health Law Partners, P.C.Introduction On August 2, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") released its 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System ("IPPS") Final Rule (the "Final Rule"), which was published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2013 (78 Fed. Reg. 50496 et seq.) and became effective on October 1, 2013. Some of the most significant aspects of the Final Rule are related to the importance of physician documentation, "clarifying"...

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