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Webinar “Major Changes to ICD-10-CM for 2017” set for Thursday, September 15, 2016, Noon Eastern (9:00 am Pacific)

On August 31, 2016, in Announcements, by AQ-IQ LLC

Change is a constant in healthcare and nowhere in the field is that more prevalent than in medical coding. With the implementation of ICD-10 in October, 2015, we’ve seen a drastic change in the way we code and it looks like there is far more change on the horizon. For the year 2017 there have […]

IPPS Final Rule FY2017

On August 2, 2016, in Archives, Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

CMS issued a final rule to update fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS). The final rule, which would apply to approximately 3,330 acute care hospitals and approximately 430 LTCHs, applies for discharges occurring on or […]

Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update FY2017

On August 2, 2016, in Announcements, by AQ-IQ LLC

This update also includes updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements. New quality measures are added Information regarding the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) is also included. Read the Final Rule in the Federal Register for August 5, 2016  

SNF PPS Final Rule FY2017

On August 1, 2016, in Announcements, Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

This Final Rule addresses the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing as well as the SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, the SNF Quality Reporting Program, and SNF Payment Models Research. Read the Final Rule in the Federal Register for August 5, 2016  

IRF PPS Final Rule FY2017

On August 1, 2016, in Announcements, Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

This Final Rule revises and updates payment rates, quality measures and reporting requirements. It includes explanations of the methods used to make these changes. Read the IRF PPS Final Rule in the Federal Register for August 5, 2016 Data Files are available on this page at CMS.gov

IPPS and LTCH Proposed Rule FY2017

On April 28, 2016, in Archives, by AQ-IQ LLC

CMS issued a proposed rule to update fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) on April 18, 2016. The proposed rule, which would apply to approximately 3,330 acute care hospitals and approximately 430 LTCHs, would affect […]

SNF Proposed Rule FY2017

On April 26, 2016, in Archives, by AQ-IQ LLC

On April 21, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule [CMS-1645-P] outlining proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment rates and quality programs for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The FY 2017 proposals and other issues discussed in the proposed rule are summarized below. The proposed policies in the proposed rule continue to shift Medicare payments from […]

IRF PPS Proposed Rule FY2017

On April 26, 2016, in Archives, by AQ-IQ LLC

This proposed rule would update the prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for federal fiscal year (FY) 2017 as required by the statute. As required by section 1886(j)(5) of the Act, this rule includes the classification and weighting factors for the IRF prospective payment system’s (IRF PPS’s) case-mix groups and a description of […]