January Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates

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MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS – RECURRING UPDATES

 

January 2019 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)

Describes changes to and billing instructions for various payment policies implemented in the January 2019 OPPS update.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM11099.pdf

 

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

Revises travel allowances payment amounts when billed on a per mileage basis using HCPCS code P9603 and when billed on a flat rate basis using HCPCS code P9604 for Calendar Year (CY) 2019.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM11146.pdf

 

Quarterly Update to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Procedure-to-Procedure (PTP) Edits, Version 25.1 Effective April 1, 2019

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM11126.pdf

 

Calendar Year (CY) 2019 Annual Update for Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Laboratory Services Subject to Reasonable Charge Payment

Provides instructions for the Calendar Year (CY) 2019 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS), mapping for new codes for clinical laboratory tests, and updates for laboratory costs subject to the reasonable charge payment.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM11076.pdf

 

OTHER MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS

 

Medicare Claims Processing Manual Chapter 23 - Fee Schedule Administration and

Coding Requirements

Updates manual concerning National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) procedure-to-procedure (PTP) edits, medically unlikely edits (MUEs), and modifiers -59 and -91 usage.

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2018Downloads/R4188CP.pdf

 

Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) – REVISED

Added language to show that MACs have the discretion to host multi-jurisdictional CACs.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM10901.pdf

 

New Waived Tests

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

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM11080.pdf

 

Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 30 Revisions

Chapter revised to provide improved formatting and readability – current policy is not changing.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM10848.pdf

 

New Electronic System for Provider Reimbursement Review Board Appeals

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/SE19004.pdf

 

MEDICARE SPECIAL EDITION ARTICLES

 

Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) Removal from the Medicare Inpatient-Only (IPO) List and Application of the 2-Midnight Rule - Reissued

Addresses TKA procedures and application of the 2-Midnight Rule now that this procedure has been removed from Medicare’s inpatient-only (IPO) list.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE19002.pdf

 

MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

 

Appropriate Use Criteria for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging MLN Fact Sheet

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/AUCDiagnosticImaging-909377.pdf

ICD-10-CM, ICD10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Code Sets MLN Fact Sheet

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/ICD9-10CM-ICD10PCS-CPT-HCPCS-Code-Sets-Educational-Tool-ICN900943.pdf

Medicare Fast Facts

Medicare Fast Facts resources this month include:

  • Proper Coding for Specimen Validity Testing Billed in Combination with Urine Drug Testing
  • Proper Use of the KX Modifier for Part B Immunosuppressive Drug Claims

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Fast-Facts.html?DLSort=1&DLEntries=10&DLPage=1&DLSortDir=descending

 

OTHER MEDICARE UPDATES

 

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

RAC ADR limits for facilities updated December 21, 2018

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medicare-FFS-Compliance-Programs/Recovery-Audit-Program/Downloads/ADR-Limits-Institutional-Provider-Facilities-May-2016-revised-12-21-18508ao.pdf

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