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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

AAHKS Statement on CMS Outpatient Rule

AAHKS released a statement regarding the 2018 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 1. CMS finalized their earlier proposal to remove total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from the inpatient only list (IPO). This means that Medicare will now reimburse TKA procedures performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis, and CPT code 27447 will be assigned to C-APC 5115 with status indicator J1. Read the statement and full summary.

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  1. Thomas Golden says

    Most of my patients are not able to go home in one day after TKR.
    Most of my patients are able to go home in one day after THR.
    CMS got it wrong.
    Why are they punishing patients and providers on this proposal?