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APF Pathology Service Coding Handbook

October, 2018 APF Pathology Service Coding Handbook - Version 18.4

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Subscriber Special Bulletin: 6-1-18


This alert is provided as a service to APF Pathology Service Coding Handbook subscribers. It provides important information of immediate interest to pathologists, independent laboratories, hospitals, and support entities.

MIPS Promoting Interoperability (PI) as New Name for Advancing Care Category

On April 24, 2018, CMS released the proposed rule for changes to the Advancing Care Category of the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as well as payment policy updates for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System. This category name change to Promoting Interoperability (PI) is to promote patient engagement and the electronic exchange of health information using 2015 editions of certified EHR technology.

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Subscriber Special Bulletin: 9-12-18


This alert is provided as a service to APF Pathology Service Coding Handbook subscribers. It provides important information of immediate interest to pathologists, independent laboratories, hospitals, and support entities.

ICD-10-CM Updates Effective Oct. 1, 2018

On August 27, 2018, CMS posted the 2019 ICD-10-CM (ICD-10) file updates for FY 2019. The updated ICD-10 codes are to be used for patient encounters from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sep. 30, 2019.

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