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NUBC revises billing data set to accommodate two-midnight provision

December 6, 2013

At AHA’s request, the National Uniform Billing Committee has redefined a code in its billing data set to allow hospitals to denote inpatient claims meeting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ two-midnight benchmark through a combination of outpatient and inpatient services. Effective Dec. 1, hospitals can use Occurrence Code 72 on inpatient bills to denote the date span of contiguous outpatient hospital services that preceded the inpatient admission. For more on the two-midnight policy, see the AHA’s Aug. 30 Regulatory Advisory for members.