CMS to Require the Completion of Present On Admission (POA) Indications

September 14, 2007

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Beginning on October 1, 2007, Medicare providers should submit a Present On Admission (POA) Indicator for every diagnosis on impatient acute care hospital claims. Some facilities, such as critical access hospitals, Maryland waiver hospitals, long term care hospitals, cancer hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and children’s inpatient facilities are exempt from this requirement. It is important to be sure that your billing staff is aware of the requirement.

Please read the CMS MLN Matters Article to learn more about how this will affect you.