In late December 2011, the president signed into law the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011. The legislation includes a two-month extension of the therapy cap exceptions process, which will now expire February 29, 2012.
As ICD-10 implementation looms, it is important for your staff to possess a comprehensive understanding of the new coding system and what it entails. Review CMS' ICD-10-CM/PCS myths and facts and visit www.cms.gov/ICD10 for more information.
In mid-2010, Congress introduced the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2010. Yet, now in 2012, Congress still has not made a decision on the bill. If passed, it would alter the rules for what qualifies a beneficiary for Medicare Part A SNF coverage. Under current regulations, a Medicare beneficiary must have a three-day inpatient hospital stay to qualify for his or her Part A SNF benefits.
Editor's note: This month's "Q&A" was written by HCPro's Regulatory Specialist Diane Brown, BA, CPRA. To submit a question for an upcoming issue, e-mail Associate Editor Melissa D'Amico at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from the HCPro book The Medicare Part B Billing Manual for Long-Term Care, reviewed by Frosini Rubertino, RN, CPRA, CDONA/LTC. For more information, call customer service at 800/650-6787 or visit www.hcmarketplace.com/prod-7856.