Adding TKA to the BPCI appears to be more involved than anticipated. As reported by the American Hospital Association and other organizations, starting in 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be adding outpatient total knee arthroplasty (TKA) to the list of episodes in the Bundled Payment…
“Outpatient” does not equate “same-day.” By this time last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had notified providers that they were removing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the Medicare inpatient-only list. While the cries of disbelief and howls of frustration eventually died down after a few months,…
Unique opportunity. Hospitals urged to use great discretion. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to know if your total knee replacement (TKR) claims have been denied. Ronald Hirsch, MD, made the announcement today during the weekly broadcast of Monitor Mondays when he reported that he has received…
If there is a pattern of inappropriate denials, report it to your CMS regional office  Are all of you refreshing your browser every 15 minutes waiting for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to release the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule? I didn’t think so. But…
The author responds to comments from readers of his recent RACmonitor article. The May 17, 2018 RACmonitor news article Two-midnight Rule Remains Confusing; Total Knee Replacements Frustrating to Many resulted in several comments before I had even finished my first cup of coffee. Chuck Buck, RACmonitor editor and host of…
The author provides a long-term care provider’s perspective on TKA patients. While reading Dr. Juliet Ugarte Hopkin’s recent article on criteria for skilled post-acute care for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients, my brain went into claim defense mode. As a post-acute rehabilitation director I was tasked with ensuring our patients…
Recoupment and one-day inpatient admission for total knee replacement. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a summary of a broadcast segment on Monitor Monday, May 7 by the author. While we are still trying to make sense of what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) meant with its proposal…
I am changing my interpretation of the final rule with help from the trenches. Often referred to as the “carpenters” of medicine, orthopedic surgeons are not well-known for deep contemplation of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rules. But I’ll be damned if I haven’t had to wrestle with…
Orthopedic surgeons are upset with various interpretations of regulations on total knee replacement coming from CMS. The saga of determining the proper status for Medicare total knee replacement (TKR) patients continues. As many people know, you do not want to upset a surgeon. And it appears that the Centers for…
CMS open door forum reveals clarity of policy still lacking for total knee replacements.  We are two months into 2018, and the level of clarity regarding how to determine the status of Medicare patients undergoing elective total knee replacements is no better than it was on the day in November…