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CMS updates to Medicare manuals could impact reimbursement

In an MLN Matters article dated March 16, 2018, CMS instructed providers to make sure their billing staff are aware of changes made to Medicare manuals.

CMS stated that these updates to the Medicare manuals are intended only to clarify the existing content and to correct various omissions and minor technical errors. No policy, processing or system changes are anticipated.

Changes are summarized in CMS’ MLN article and “could impact SNF clinical documentation and billing practices necessary to receive payment for SNF services,” according to the American Health Care Association.  The implementation date is June 19, 2018.