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Hospitals should be aware that CMS has updated Appendix A. This is the hospital CoP manual. The manual is now 510 pages long and it includes the final changes that basically rewrite all of the radiology and nuclear medicine guidelines. Hospitals should ensure these new interpretive guidelines are shared with radiology and nuclear medicine staff and providers. It makes changes to 13 tag numbers. CMS published a 41-page survey memo discussing these changes on May 15, 2015. The May edition of Compliance Mentor discussed many of the new changes.
The manual can be accessed here and then click on Appendix A.
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