The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday updated its guidance related to the 20% inpatient prospective payment system diagnosis-related group rate add-on for patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

For inpatient admissions occurring on or after Sept. 1, 2020, claims eligible for the 20% add-on will be required to have a positive COVID-19 laboratory test documented in patients’ medical records.

Read the AHA Special Bulletin for additional information on this policy’s importance to hospitals and health systems.

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