March Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates
MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS – RECURRING UPDATES
Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Codes Subject to and Excluded from Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Edits
The new HCPCS codes for 2019 that are subject to and excluded from Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) edits.
April 2019 Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) Specifications Version 20.1
Remittance Advice Remark Code (RARC), Claims Adjustment Reason Code (CARC), Medicare Remit Easy Print (MREP) and PC Print Update
April 2019 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)
Describes changes to, and billing instructions for, various payment policies implemented in the April 2019 OPPS update.
OTHER MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS
Evaluation and Management (E/M) When Performed with Superficial Radiation Treatment
Allows providers to bill E/M codes 99211, 99212, and 99213 for Levels I through III, when performed with superficial radiation treatment delivery.
MEDICARE SPECIAL EDITION ARTICLES
Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule: Revised Information for Laboratories on Collecting and Reporting Data for the Private Payor Rate-Based Payment System
Assist the laboratory community in meeting the requirements under Section 1834A of the Social Security Act (the Act) for the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS). Includes clarifications for determining
- whether a hospital outreach laboratory meets the requirements to be an “applicable laboratory,”
- the applicable information (that is, private payor rate data) that must be collected and reported to CMS,
- the entity responsible for reporting applicable information to CMS,
- the data collection and reporting periods, and
- the schedule for implementing the next private payor-rate based CLFS update.
New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Get It, Use It
MEDICARE COVERAGE UPDATES
National Coverage Determination (NCD90.2): Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
CMS covers diagnostic laboratory tests using next generation sequencing when performed in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments- certified laboratory when ordered by a treating physician and when specific requirements are met.
MEDICARE PRESS RELEASES
CMS Updates Consumer Resources for Comparing Hospital Quality
CMS updated hospital performance data on the Hospital Compare website and on data.medicare.gov. This data includes specific measures of hospitals’ quality of care, many of which are updated quarterly, and the Overall Hospital Star Ratings, which were last updated in December 2017. The data are collected through CMS’s Hospital Quality Initiative programs.
CMS Updates Drug Dashboards with Prescription Drug Pricing and Spending Data
Updated with 2017 data.
MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Medicare Fast Facts
Medicare Fast Facts resources this month include:
- Bill Correctly for Device Replacement Procedures
OTHER MEDICARE UPDATES
KEPRO Winter 2019 Care Review Connections Newsletter
A quarterly e-newsletter from your Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO).
Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice—2019 update
“Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice” was produced through the joint effort of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Both associations collaborated on the creation of this practice brief and approved its contents, and as such it represents the recommended industry standard for provider queries.
This practice brief supercedes one published in 2016 and all previous versions.