August Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates
MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS – RECURRING UPDATES
Update for Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Laboratory Services Subject to Reasonable Charge Payment
October Quarterly Update to 2019 Annual Update of HCPCS Codes Used for Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Consolidated Billing (CB) Enforcement
Updates the lists of HCPCS codes that are subject to the consolidated billing provision of the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS).
Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS) Updates for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020
Changes from IPF Final Rule applicable to discharges occurring from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020 (FY 2020).
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) and Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determination (NCDs) – January 2020 Update
Relevant NCD coding changes for:
- NCD20.7 Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty
- NCD110.18 Aprepitant
- NCD110.23 Stem Cell Transplantation
- NCD150.3 Bone Mineral Density Studies
- NCD220.4 Mammography
- NCD220.13 Percutaneous Image-Guided Breast Biopsy
- NCD270.3 Blood Derived-Products for Chronic, Non-Healing Wounds
Quarterly Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Drug/Biological Code Changes - October 2019 Update
Claim Status Category and Claim Status Codes Update
Healthcare Provider Taxonomy Codes (HPTCs) October 2019 Code set Update
OTHER MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS
Documentation of Medical Necessity of the Home Visit; and Physician Management Associated with Superficial Radiation Treatment - REVISED
Removes the requirement that the medical record show a home visit was medically necessary instead of an office or outpatient visit and allows billing E/M codes (99211, 99212, and 99213) for levels I through III with modifier 25 when performed for the purpose of reporting physician work associated with radiation therapy planning, radiation treatment device construction, and radiation treatment management when performed on the same date of service as superficial radiation treatment delivery.
Oxygen Policy Update
Implements a new policy and coding for oxygen content.
Instructions for Use of Informational Remittance Advice Remark Code Alert on Laboratory Service Remittance Advices
To assist in reminding laboratories of their reporting obligations, the following new alert RARC code will appear on remittances:
- N817: ALERT-Applicable laboratories are required to collect and report private payor data and report that data to CMS between January 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020
Bypassing Payment Window Edits for Donor Post-Kidney Transplant Complication Services
Manual Update to Sections 1.2 and 10.2.1 in Chapter 18 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual
Adds a link to the current influenza codes and payment rates.
MEDICARE SPECIAL EDITION ARTICLES
Medicare Coverable Services for Integrative and Non-pharmacological Chronic Pain Management
Given the issues associated with using opioids for acute and chronic pain, this article summarizes some other treatment options to consider when you treat Medicare patients for chronic pain.
New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Get It, Use It – REISSUED
Use MBIs now for all Medicare transactions.
New Documentation Requirements for Filing Medicare Cost Reports
The FY 2019 Medicare IPPS final rule changed the required supporting documentation that providers must submit with the Medicare cost report.
MEDICARE COVERAGE UPDATES
Decision Memo for Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell Therapy for Cancers (CAG-00451N)
Posted final decision memo.
Medicare Press Releases
MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Medicare Fast Facts
Medicare Fast Facts resources this month include:
- Ambulance Fee Schedule and Medicare Transports
- Skilled Nursing Facility 3-Day Rule Billing
Skilled Nursing Facility 3-Day Rule Billing
MLN Fact Sheet
Ambulance Fee Schedule and Medicare Transports Booklet
OTHER MEDICARE UPDATES
FY 2020 Coding Updates
ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines - https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm.htm
ICD-10-CM (Diagnosis Codes) - https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2020-ICD-10-CM.html
ICD-10-PCS (Procedure Codes) - https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2020-ICD-10-PCS.html
2020 Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) Forms