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DHCS to Offer Training on APR-DRG Payment System

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will offer training Feb. 20 in Ontario to help hospitals prepare for the new payment system for hospital inpatient services provided to Medi-Cal beneficiaries that will be based — effective July 1 — on Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs). The new payment system will use the All-Patient Refined DRGs (APR-DRGs) algorithm. To register for the training, go to DHCS will also host individual training sessions for interested hospitals. To schedule, contact Jonathon Wunderlich with DHCS at (916) 322-3589. The department has updated its website with information on treatment authorization requests and billing guidelines for obstetric and newborn claims. For details on the transition to the APR-DRG payment system, go to