June Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates

on Tuesday, 26 June 2018. All News Items | Outpatient Services | Miscellaneous | Coding | Billing

MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS

July 2018 Quarterly Average Sales Price (ASP) Medicare Part B Drug Pricing Files and Revisions to Prior Quarterly Pricing Files

CMS supplies MACs with the ASP and Not Otherwise Classified (NOC) drug pricing files for Medicare Part B drugs on a quarterly basis. Payment allowance limits under the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) are incorporated into the Outpatient Code Editor (OCE). Also see related content at PalmettoGBA - “The drug pricing files contain the payment amounts used to reimburse for Part B covered drugs for the applicable quarter of 2018. The payment amounts in the quarterly ASP files are 106 percent of the Average Sales Price (ASP) calculated from data submitted by drug manufactures (ASP X 1.06). The ASP rate must be adjusted before applying the 22.5 percent reduction (for 340B-acquired drugs).”

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM10667.pdf

Claim Status Category and Claim Status Codes Update

HIPAA requires all covered entities to use only Claim Status Category Codes and Claim Status Codes approved by the National Code Maintenance Committee in the ASC X12 276/277 Health Care Claim Status Request and Response transaction standards adopted for electronically submitting health care claims status requests and responses. These codes explain the status of submitted claim(s).

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNmattersArticles/downloads/MM10777.pdf

July 2018 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)

Changes and billing instructions for various payment policies implemented in the July 2018 OPPS update.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNmattersArticles/downloads/MM10781.pdf

July 2018 Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) Specification Version 19.2

The I/OCE is being updated for July 1, 2018. The I/OCE routes all institutional outpatient claims (which includes non-OPPS hospital claims) through a single I/OCE.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNmattersArticles/downloads/MM10699.pdf

 

MEDICARE SPECIAL EDITION ARTICLES

 

New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Get It, Use It

Explains ways you can get MBIs.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE18006.pdf

 

REVISED MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS

 

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

Revised to correct the code description for ICD-10-CM D68.32.

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

 

MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

 

Medicare Fast Facts

Medicare Fast Facts resources this month include:

  • Provider Minute Vide: The Importance of Proper Documentation
  • Bill Correctly for Device Replacement Procedures
  • Billing for Stem Cell Transplants

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

 

FEDERAL REGISTRY CMS RULES

 

Medicare Program; Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (CJR): Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy for the CJR Model

Finalizes a policy that provides flexibility in the determination of episode spending for Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (CJR) participant hospitals located in areas impacted by extreme and uncontrollable circumstances for performance years 3 through 5.

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-08/pdf/2018-12379.pdf

 

OTHER MEDICARE UPDATES

 

Hospital Appeals Settlement Process Update

May 8, 2018, CMS executed settlements with an additional 612 hospitals, representing approximately 72,000 claims.   

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Appeals-and-Grievances/OrgMedFFSAppeals/Hospital-Appeals-Settlement-Process-2016.html

FY 2019 ICD-10-PCS Procedure Codes

FY 2019 ICD-10-PCS procedure code updates including a complete list of code titles are posted on the 2019 ICD-10-PCS webpage.

FY 2019 ICD-10-CM Codes

FY 2019 ICD-10-CM code updates have been posted on the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm.htm.

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