A new Medicare hospice manual includes instructions for which principal diagnosis codes are acceptable and clarifies which codes should be used for services in a skilled versus non-skilled nursing facility, according to a CMS memorandum released last Friday. These changes go into effect October 1. The memorandum also states that a hospice claim should list a principal diagnosis “most contributory” to the patient’s terminal prognosis. Additionally, it clarifies several ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes that are not acceptable and the new time frames for submitting information to the Medicare Administrative Contractors.
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