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NEUROCRITICAL CARE ADVOCACY NCS Advocacy Committee Seeks Neurocritical Care TaxonomyCode By Sarah Livesay, DNP, FNCS and Tamer Abdelhak, MD With sponsorship from the American surgery – already have a critical care taxonomy code. The addition Academy of Neurology and support from the of a neurology subspecialty code for neurocritical care will allow United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties for similar subspecialty acknowledgement. (UCNS) and the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC), While this designation is not expected to impact inpatient the NCS Advocacy Committee has petitioned professional fee billing greatly, critical care designation may be the National Uniform Claim Committee important as future billing and reimbursement is re-aligned (NUCC) for a Healthcare Provider Taxonomy under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In particular, the code may Sarah Livesay, Code for neurocritical care under the be helpful in obtaining reimbursement for a patient seen as an neurology specialty. inpatient by a neurocritical care provider who was seen within the DNP, FNCS last 90 days by a neurology provider of the same specialty, even if The taxonomy code is associated with a for a different problem altogether. provider’s National Provider Index (NPI) number and designates the provider’s medical The taxonomy code request is currently under review by the subspecialty. Many other specialties – National Uniform Claim Committee and we are hopeful for a including anesthesiology, pulmonology, and successful application. Tamer Abdelhak, MD 14


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