June Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates

on Tuesday, 25 June 2019. All News Items | Outpatient Services | Miscellaneous | Medicare Coverage | Coding | Billing

MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS – RECURRING UPDATES

July 2019 Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) Specifications Version 20.2

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM11298.pdf

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

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

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM11318.pdf

 

OTHER MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS

Documentation of Medical Necessity of the Home Visit; and Physician Management Associated with Superficial Radiation Treatment

Removes the requirement that the medical record show a home visit was medically necessary instead of an office or outpatient visit and adds information on E&M code that may be billed with superficial radiation treatment.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM11273.pdf

New to State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix X, Survey Protocol and Interpretive Guidelines for Organ Transplant Programs

Adds Appendix X to the SOM to outline the survey process and interpretive guidelines for the Conditions of Participation for organ transplant programs.

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2019Downloads/R189SOMA.pdf

Updates to Medicare Financial Management Manual Chapter 4, Section 20 and 20.1 Demand Letters

Every demand letter, regardless of the cause of the overpayment or the status of the provider, shall meet certain requirements as to form and content.

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2019Downloads/R316FM.pdf

 

MEDICARE SPECIAL EDITION ARTICLES

Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-Cell Therapy Revenue Code and HCPCS Setup Revisions

Updated reporting instructions for CAR T-Cell Therapy.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE19009.pdf

 

MEDICARE COVERAGE UPDATES

Decision Memo for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) (CAG-00430R)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for the treatment of symptomatic aortic valve stenosis through Coverage with Evidence Development (CED).

https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-decision-memo.aspx?NCAId=293

 

MEDICARE PRESS RELEASES

CMS Seeks Public Input on Patients over Paperwork Initiative to Further Reduce Administrative, Regulatory Burden to Lower Healthcare Costs

https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-seeks-public-input-patients-over-paperwork-initiative-further-reduce-administrative-regulatory

 

MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Medicare Fast Facts

Medicare Fast Facts resources this month include:

  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Services: Comply with Medicare Billing Requirements
  • Bill Correctly for Device Replacement Procedures

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

Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Services: Complying with Documentation Requirements

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/OutptRehabTherapy-Booklet-MLN905365.pdf


OTHER MEDICARE UPDATES

April-June 2019 Quarterly Provider Updates

CMS publishes this Update to inform the public about the following:

  • Regulations and major policies completed or cancelled.
  • New/Revised manual instructions

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Regulations-and-Policies/QuarterlyProviderUpdates/index.html

Kepro BFCC-QIO FAQs for Healthcare Providers

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to KEPRO’s services.

https://www.keproqio.com/media/1279/bfccqiofaq_508.pdf

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