March Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates

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March Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates


ICD-10 and Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) – (Revised 3/1/18)

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

Appropriate Use Criteria for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging – Voluntary Participation and Reporting Period - Claims Processing Requirements – HCPCS Modifier QQ

New HCPCS modifier (QQ) that may be reported with CPT code for an advanced diagnostic imaging service when the ordering physician consults appropriate use criteria.

April 2018 Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) Specifications Version 19.1

The modifications of the I/OCE for the April 2018 V19.1 update.

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

Changes to the OPPS to be implemented in the April 2018 update.

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

The HCPCS code set is updated on a quarterly basis. Change Request (CR) 10454 informs MACs of the April 2018 updates of specific biosimilar biological product HCPCS code, modifiers used with these biosimilar biologic products and an autologous cellular immunotherapy treatment.

Clarification of Instructions Regarding the Intensive Level of Rehabilitation Therapy Services Requirements

Instructions for conducting medical review of Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) claims when reviewing the requirements for the intensive level of rehabilitation therapy services.

Correction to Pub. 100-04, Chapter 5

Updates the list of Types of Bill subject to application of the therapy caps and related policies to Critical Access Hospital (CAH) claims in accordance with CR 8426.

Quarterly Update for Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Laboratory Services Subject to Reasonable Charge Payment – (Revised 3/15/18)

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

Internet Only Manual Update to Pub 100-04, Chapter 16, Section 40.8 -Date of Service Policy

Manualizes the additional exception to the current laboratory DOS regulations from the CY 2018 OPPS/ASC final rule published December 14, 2017, so that the DOS for Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory Tests and molecular pathology tests excluded from OPPS packaging policy is the date the test was performed if certain conditions are met. This new exception to the laboratory DOS policy is effective beginning on January 1, 2018.



Billing Requirements for OPPS Providers with Multiple Service Locations

Enforcement editing requirements for hospitals operating off-campus, outpatient, provider-based departments of a hospital’s facilities (facility address and appropriate modifiers).





CMS finalizes coverage of Next Generation Sequencing tests, ensuring enhanced access for cancer patients

CMS finalized a National Coverage Determination that covers diagnostic laboratory tests using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for patients with advanced cancer (i.e., recurrent, metastatic, relapsed, refractory, or stages III or IV cancer).

Trump Administration Announces MyHealthEData Initiative to Put Patients at the Center of the US Healthcare System

The MyHealthEData initiative will work to make clear that patients deserve to not only electronically receive a copy of their entire health record, but also be able to share their data with whomever they want, making the patient the center of the healthcare system.





Enforcement Instruction on Supervision Requirements for Outpatient Therapeutic Services in Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals

February Patients Over Paperwork Newsletter

Update on CMS’s initiative to evaluate and streamline regulations with a goal to reduce unnecessary burden, to increase efficiencies, and to improve the beneficiary experience.

Website for Providers about New Medicare Cards

New Medicare cards start going out in April and providers must be able to accept them. This website has information and other resources on the new cards.

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