February 1, 2018

ISASS Policy & Advocacy News – January 2018

  News and noteworthy information for January 2018: What’s New in Spine Coding for 2018? RUC Surveys – Assigning Value to Spine Procedures CMS Issues 2018 OPPS & ASC Correction Notice CMS Launches New Data Submission System for the Quality Payment Program CMS Announces Advanced APM Voluntary Bundled Payment Model   What’s New in Spine Coding for 2018? Code changes for all medical specialties went into effect January 1, 2018 as a result of the CPT Editorial Panel process. The American Medical Association (AMA) is responsible for Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and has convened the CPT Editorial Panel to develop and maintain the nomenclature healthcare providers use to report medical procedures and services. The CPT Editorial Panel meets three times a […]
December 28, 2017

ISASS Comments on 2018 Final OPPS & ASC Rule

On November 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System policy changes, quality provisions, and payment rates final rule. Please note that physician payment is made under the Physician Fee Schedule; hospitals are paid for outpatient services under the OPPS and ASCs are paid under the ASC payment system, both detailed in this rulemaking. The ASC Payment Indicator for 63 CPT codes changed from J8 to G2 from the 2018 proposed rule to the 2018 final rule. ASC procedures assigned to J8 are designated as device-intensive, meaning the device cost exceeds 40 percent of the procedure’s mean cost. Device-intensive procedures are priced […]
December 22, 2017

What’s New in Spine Coding for 2018?

Code changes for all medical specialties take effect on January 1, 2018 as a result of the CPT Editorial Panel process. The American Medical Association (AMA) is responsible for Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and has convened the CPT Editorial Panel to develop and maintain the nomenclature healthcare providers use to report medical procedures and services. The CPT Editorial Panel meets three times a year to evaluate code change proposals for new and emerging technology and is responsible for reorganizing and maintaining the code set. After codes are created or modified by the CPT Editorial Panel, they go before the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC), also convened by the AMA, to be valued. For more information on the RUC process and […]
December 22, 2017

ISASS Policy & Advocacy News – December 2017

Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2018!   News and noteworthy information for December 2017: What’s New in Spine Coding for 2018? Quality Payment Program – Act NOW to Avoid Losing 4% of your Medicare Reimbursements FDA Proposes Updates to Medical Device Approval Process in 2018   What’s New in Spine Coding for 2018? Code changes for all medical specialties take effect on January 1, 2018 as a result of the CPT Editorial Panel process. The American Medical Association (AMA) is responsible for Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and has convened the CPT Editorial Panel to develop and maintain the nomenclature healthcare providers use to report medical procedures and services. The CPT Editorial Panel meets three times a year to […]