tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 8

Reimbursement/Policy: OPPS Rule Comes with a $63 Billion Promise

Site neutral payment to hit provider-based departments The much awaited 2017 update hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule has arrived. Are you ready to embrace the provisions of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act? “Most providers I have spoken with are very worried about the proposed rule for 2017, particularly the lab packaging,” says Sarah Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, CPC-H, CCP, FCS, president of the consulting firm SLG, Inc., in Raleigh, N.C.  Read on for a rundown on the salient must-know points in the proposed rule, which comes with a 60-day comment period for changes...

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