tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 1999 Issue 4

How Will Shift to APCs Affect ED Professional Coding and Reimbursement?

The good news for emergency group professional coders is that the proposed Medicare APCs will not affect their ED coding. They may, however, have a significant financial impact on the emergency medicine group, influencing how the group documents and reports its services, says Jeffrey Bettinger, MD, FACEP, chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) subcommittee on the proposed outpatient prospective payment systems HCFA rule. “Physician payments are not included in the APCs, it is important to tell your readers this,” he emphasizes. However, he adds, ACEP is following the development of the APC system for...

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