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FY15 Direct Care Inpatient Billing Rates:
The FY15 Adjusted Standardized Amounts (ASA) Inpatient billing rates have been approved and are effective for discharges on or after 1 October 2014.

FY15 VA-DoD Sharing Inpatient Payment Calculator Package Release:
The DHA UBO Program Office has released the FY15 VA-DoD Sharing Inpatient Payment Calculator package, effective 1 October 2014. Use the version of the calculator effective on the patient’s date of discharge.

Summer 2014 UBO Newsletter:
The Summer 2014 UBO Newsletter is now available. (posted 9-16-14)

2014 PATCAT Table Update:
The 2014 version of the PATCAT table has been approved and is available for use, effective 11 August 2014. (posted 9-11-14)

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. View the Document Change History for sections that were revised, added and deleted. (posted 9-11-2014)


November Webinar:
Third Party Collection Program Payments and Refunds

Dates & Times
17 November 2014 1400 - 1500
19 November 2014 0800 - 0900

Note: Learning Center webinars are broadcast in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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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For questions or comments, please e-mail UBO.Helpdesk@altarum.org, or leave a message for the Helpdesk staff at (571) 733-5935. Phone messages will be returned within one business day.

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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."

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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