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DHA UBO Online Training Modules:
The UBO Learning Center is pleased to introduce its new online training, Data and Billing in Sync: 1500 (02/12)/837P, a comprehensive guide to filling out the item numbers in the Professional Claim form. (posted 01-08-2014)

DHA UBO User Guide Updates:
The UBO User Guide has been updated and may be downloaded from the Policy/Guidance page at UBO User Guide (posted 12-13-2013)

FY14 DRG Case Weights:
The FY14 DRG Case Weights with Long Stay Outliers is available on the Inpatient rates page. (posted 11-20-2013)

CY13 Outpatient Itemized Billing Rates:
The CY13 Outpatient Itemized Billing Rates have been approved and published by the Office of Management and Budget for MAC billing. They are available at MHS rates page and are effective for dates of service on or after 22 October 2013. (posted 10-23-2013)


April Webinar:
UBO User Guide Updates

Dates & Times
29 April 2014 0800 - 0900
01 May 2014 1400 - 1500

Note: Learning Center webinars are broadcast in Eastern [Standard] Time (ET).

For full participation instructions, presentation materials, as well as information on upcoming and past webinars, visit the UBO Web-Based Training page.

E-mail us! If you have webinar or other Learning Center questions or sugestions, please send us a note at UBO.LearningCenter@altarum.org. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome all feedback and suggestions.


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This section is updated with questions we get from you. Send questions or suggestions to UBO.Helpdesk@altarum.org, with the subject, "FAQs."

April 2014

Q: How do you bill for elective cosmetic procedures combined with a medically necessary procedure?

A: Elective cosmetic procedures are billed using the Cosmetic Surgery Estimator (CSE). If a patient receives both a medically necessary procedure and an elective cosmetic procedure during the same surgical encounter, a discount is applied. The current discount is 50% of the facility fee and 50% of the anesthesia fee for the primary elective procedure. If additional elective procedures are performed, the additional procedures would not receive this discount.

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