February Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates

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MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS

Quarterly Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Drug/Biological Code Changes - April 2018 Update

The April 2018 updates of specific biosimilar biological product HCPCS code, modifiers used with these biosimilar biologic products and an autologous cellular immunotherapy treatment.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10454.pdf

E/M Service Documentation Provided By Students (Manual Update)

Allows the teaching physician to verify in the medical record any student documentation of components of E/M services, rather than re-documenting the work.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10412.pdf

Quarterly Update to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Procedure-to-Procedure (PTP) Edits, Version 24.1, Effective April 1, 2018

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10472.pdf

Medicare Fee-for-Service Recovery Audit Program Additional Documentation Limits for Medicare Institutional Providers (i.e. Facilities)

New ADR limits for the Recovery Audit Program.

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medicare-FFS-Compliance-Programs/Recovery-Audit-Program/Downloads/Institutional-Provider-Facilities-ADR-Limits.pdf

Diagnosis Code Update for Add-on Payments for Blood Clotting Factor Administered to Hemophilia Inpatients

Updates to diagnosis codes required in order to allow add-on payments under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for blood clotting factor administered to hemophilia inpatients.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10474.pdf

Quarterly Update for Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Laboratory Services Subject to Reasonable Charge Payment

Changes in the April 2018 quarterly update to the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS).

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10445.pdf

Replacement of Mammography HCPCS Codes, Waiver of Coinsurance and Deductible for Preventive and Other Services, and Addition of Anesthesia and Prolonged Preventive Services – REVISED

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10181.pdf

Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Codes Subject to and Excluded from Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Edits – REVISED

Revised to add HCPCS code G0475 as a code that is subject to CLIA edits effective, April 13, 2015.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10446.pdf

Modifications to the Implementation of the Paperwork (PWK) Segment of the Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation (esMD) System

Enables MACs to receive unsolicited documentation (also known as paperwork (PWK)) via the Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation (esMD) system.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10397.pdf

Update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB) - April 2018 Update

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10488.pdf

Remittance Advice Remark Code (RARC), Claims Adjustment Reason Code (CARC), Medicare Remit Easy Print (MREP) and PC Print Update

Updates the Remittance Advice Remark Codes (RARC) and Claims Adjustment Reason Code (CARC) lists and instructs Medicare Shared System Maintainers (SSMs) to update Medicare Remit Easy Print (MREP) and PC Print.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10489.pdf

ICD-10 and Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determinations (NCDs)

A maintenance update of the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) conversions and other coding updates specific to National Coverage Determinations (NCDs). These NCD coding changes are the result of newly available codes, coding revisions to NCDs released separately, or coding feedback received.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM10473.pdf

 

MEDICARE COVERAGE UPDATES

Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Effective May 25, 2017, new NCD to cover Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for beneficiaries with Intermittent Claudication (IC) for the treatment of symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10295.pdf

Decision Memo for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (CAG-00157R4)

Changes to the ICD NCD from the 2005 reconsideration.

https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-decision-memo.aspx?NCAId=288&TimeFrame=7&DocType=All&bc=AgAAYAAAQAAA&

 

OTHER MEDICARE UPDATES

Medicare Fee-for-Service Recovery Audit Program Additional Documentation Limits for Medicare Institutional Providers (i.e. Facilities)

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medicare-FFS-Compliance-Programs/Recovery-Audit-Program/Downloads/Institutional-Provider-Facilities-ADR-Limits.pdf

Correction: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-31/pdf/C1-2017-27949.pdf

Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) Website Update

New resources available on the TPE website.

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medicare-FFS-Compliance-Programs/Medical-Review/Targeted-Probe-and-EducateTPE.html

 

MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Transition to New Medicare Numbers and Cards FACTSHEET

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/TransitiontoNewMedicareNumbersandCards-909365.pdf

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