tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 10

Coding: Your Quick-Start Guide to Coding TKAs

27447 leaves the IPO List in 2018. Here's what outpatient coders need to know. The 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule removes total knee arthroplasty (CPT®  27447) from the inpatient-only list. If the final rule confirms TKA's removal from the IPO list, ambulatory surgical centers and hospital outpatient departments will have a significant new revenue stream. TKA could hit Addendum AA-the ASC-payable list-as soon as Jan. 1, 2019. Total joint replacements offer "explosive" new growth opportunities for ASCs in the coming years, remarked Michael Patterson, FACHE, CEO of Mississippi Valley Surgery Center. (Patterson and billing office...

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