January Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates

on Monday, 29 January 2018. All News Items | Outpatient Services | Medicare Coverage | Documentation | Coding | Billing

Medicare Transmittals

Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule – Medicare Travel Allowance Fees for Collection of Specimens

Revises the payment of travel allowances when billed on a per mileage basis using Health Care Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code P9603 and when billed on a flat-rate basis using HCPCS code P9604 for Calendar Year (CY) 2018.



Changes to the Laboratory National Coverage Determination (NCD) Edit Software for April 2018

Changes in the April 2018 quarterly release of the edit module for clinical diagnostic laboratory services.



New Waived Tests

New Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) waived tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration.



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

The new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for 2018 that are subject to and excluded from Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) edits.



Notice of New Interest Rate for Medicare Overpayments and Underpayments - 2nd Qtr Notification for FY 2018

Medicare contractors shall implement an interest rate of 10.625 percent effective January 19, 2018 for Medicare overpayments and underpayments.



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

Replaces Transmittal 1975. A maintenance update of ICD-10 conversions and other coding updates specific to National Coverage Determinations (NCDs).



Medicare Special Edition Articles


Proper Use of Modifier 59 – REVISED

Revised on January 3, 2018, to conform with the latest Modifier 59 article on the NCCI website.



Medically Unlikely Edits (MUE) and Bilateral Surgical Procedures

Inform providers that Medically Unlikely Edits (MUEs) may render certain claim lines for bilateral surgical procedures unpayable.



Medicare Coverage Updates


Proposed Decision Memo for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Proposing to modify the national coverage determination to eliminate the collection of additional information under the Coverage with Evidence Development.



Rules and Regulations


Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Correction

This document corrects technical errors that appeared in the final rule with comment period published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2017 entitled ‘‘Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs.’’



State Survey Memorandums


Texting of Patient Information among Healthcare Providers

Memorandum clarifies 1) Texting patient information among members of the health care team is permissible if accomplished through a secure platform; 2) Texting of patient orders is prohibited regardless of the platform utilized; 3) Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) is the preferred method of order entry by a provider.



Medicare Press Releases


New Payment Model

CMS’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).



Medicare Educational Resources


Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter – January 2018

Topics include Advanced Care Planning and proper use of modifier 59 for physicians and non-physician practitioners


Major Joint Replacement (Hip or Knee) MLN Booklet

Due to the high volume of major joint replacement claims, CMS has had multiple auditing entities, including the Recovery Auditors, Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) Contractors, and Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) review claims for these MS-DRGs. Their findings have demonstrated very high paid claim error rates among both hospital and professional claims associated with major joint replacement surgery.


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