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    SCAI Recommends CMS Reclassify Hospital Procedural Codes

    June 26, 2012

    This week SCAI urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reassign the hospital procedural codes for percutaneous mitral valve repair with implant and endovascular repair of AAA with fenestrated grafts to more appropriate DRG classifications under the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). SCAI believes the current DRG assignments for these procedures are misaligned with those of related procedures, resulting in an inadequate payment level to hospitals, which could discourage provision of these services and thereby limit patients’ access to them. Publication of the final rule for the 2013 IPPS is expected in October 2012.

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