BC Advantage - 2010 Issue 5

Look Past January for Coding Changes

If you are billing and coding for hemodialysis, you need to review some new important guidelines to keep getting paid. Although most of us look for our coding changes to be announced early, CMS announced this change just recently - on February 20th.The End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Medicare payment for dialysis services is based on a fixed amount, known as the composite rate. The composite rate provides a single payment that includes the cost of some drugs, laboratory tests, and other items and services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries who are receiving dialysis. In addition to payment for the...

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