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Coding

MedPAC to Recommend National Coding Guidelines for Emergency Departments

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission may soon be recommending national guidelines for coding emergency department visits after the group discussed options for slowing the growth of emergency department spending during their March meeting. The recommendation would task the Department of Health and Human Services with addressing the shift toward high intensity service levels by 2022. READ MORE

What Do Higher Levels of Service Say About What’s Happening in the ED?

An 85 percent increase per member in emergency department spending between 2009 and 2015 was the result of hospitals coding and billing for a greater number of high severity cases, according to a 2017 Health Care Cost Institute study. But what does this upward shift in evaluation and management levels say about what’s happening in the ED? READ MORE

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