AAOS Now, August 2015
CMS Relaxes ICD-10 Implementation Requirements
With less than 2 months to go before orthopaedic surgeons and other healthcare providers will be required to use the International Classification of Diseases–10th Edition (ICD-10) coding set, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yielded to provider demands and announced several changes aimed at easing the transition. Although providers must begin using the ICD-10 coding system on Oct.
Are Bundled Payments Here to Stay?
On July 9, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to establish a new Medicare payment model for primary total hip and knee arthroplasty (THA, TKA) procedures performed in hospital inpatient settings. Under the proposal, hospitals would be accountable for all costs associated with the entire episode of care—from the time of surgery through 90 days after discharge.