The postal service faces what seems to be a monumental task each day. It needs to take piles and piles of mail, identify where each one should go and sort them carefully so they can be sent to the right post office for delivery. How do they make this system work? They have zip codes. These codes help route the mail to the proper local office, regardless of where it originated.
Your coding needs to be properly identified and sorted, too. In health care for the cost report, our zip code equivalent is the Cost Center. Each service is tied to a specific Cost Center, regardless of the different elements of a service. All services need to roll-up to one overall Cost Center when coding.
If adding a “non-standard” cost center, be sure to select the appropriate cost center code (Pub. 15-2, §Section 4095).
Further guidance can be found on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website.
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