News & Events

FY19 OPPS Proposed Rules are available.

A few highlights from the proposed rule include: 1. Site neutral payments for clinic visits offered under OPPS. 2. Addition of 12 cardiac cath procedures to the list of covered procedures that can be performed in an ASC. 3. Updated ambulatory payment classifications (APCs) for endovascular procedures, particularly those using drug-coated balloons.

FY19 IPPS Final Rules are here!

There are 18 new MS-DRGs, all within the obstretics category. A total of 228 new ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes and 176 new ICD-10-PCS procedure codes, changes in CC and MCC classifications for secondary diagnoses and continued emphasis on coded claims data for quality measures all point to the need for EDUCATION. ACS is here to help hospitals be prepared for a smooth transition!

Registration is open for all 2017_18 Inpatient Coders and CDI Staff webinars!

ACS has released their 2017_18 Inpatient Coders and CDI Staff webinar series! The first webinar scheduled for June is FREE!

Celebrate National HIP Week 2017

AHIMA invites all health information professionals to join the celebration and be recognized during the 28th annual HIP Week! This year’s theme is: Health Informational Professionals—Leading the way to quality data HIP Week coincides with AHIMA’s Hill Day, where AHIMA members come together on Capitol Hill to advance HIM. This is a great opportunity for health information professionals to showcase the benefits of their profession, and collectively work to lead the way to quality data.

Let ACS help you prepare for upcoming changes with ICD-10 Tuesdays at 10!

Many changes are coming to the ICD-10-CM and PCS codes including over 1,900 new diagnosis codes and hundreds of diagnosis code revisions. Join us for 2 important webinars that provide an overview of these coming changes.

FY17 code changes have been announced.

Posted by Decision Health More than 3,000 changes and impactful revisions in tabular instruction are coming to ICD-10 when the FY2017 code set takes effect on Oct.1.

The results are in...

ICD-10 Post-Implementation Productivity Impact Survey. You have spoken!

CMS releases IPPS and LTCH 2017 proposed rules head of schedule.

On April 18, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (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).

Rural Health Clinic Billing Changes Effective April 1, 2016!

Are you a Rural Health Clinic (RHC), or a hospital that owns an RHC? ACS offers education for the new RHC line item billing requirements that become effective April 1, 2016.

ACS News Alert! Sepsis Redefined

What Coders and CDI Specialists Need to Know.

Updated Newsletters

Take time to review the new information posted to our Newsletter page!

Low Dose CT for Lung Cancer Screening

CMS assigned payment for services related to lung cancer screening with LDCT.

CMS Finalizes Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Center Policy and Payment Changes

CMS Finalizes Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Policy and Payment Changes, Including Changes to the Two-Midnight Rule and Quality Reporting for 2016.

The ACR announces safety rules effective 2016.

A provision in the same federal legislation signed into law in April 2014 to delay Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate cuts and mandate physician consultation of clinical decision support for advanced diagnostic imaging requires health care providers to comply with the NEMA Standard XR-29-2013 for improved computed tomography (CT) radiation safety.

Our CDI app is now FREE!

We are excited to announce that our CDI Pocket Tool app is free and available to everyone in the app store and on google play. Just search for ACS doc eTool and see what a great resource it is for physicians!

New and Revised Place of Service Codes (POS) for Outpatient Hospitals

Is your billing staff aware of these POS code changes?