November Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates

on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. All News Items | Case Management | Recovery Auditor | Quality | Outpatient Services | Medicare Coverage | Coding | Billing

Ambulance Inflation Factor for CY 2018 and Productivity Adjustment

The Calendar Year (CY) 2018 Ambulance Inflation Factor (AIF) for determining the payment limit for ambulance services is 1.1 percent.

Correction to Prevent Payment on Inpatient Information Only Claims for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plans

Sets system edits to zero out payment on inpatient information only claims billed with condition codes 04 and 30 for Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Studies and Clinical Studies Approved Under Coverage with Evidence Development (CED).

New Common Working File (CWF) Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Type for Liability Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (LMSAs) and No-Fault Medicare Set- Aside Arrangements (NFMSAs) - RESCINDED

Clarifying Signature Requirements

Medicare requires that services provided/ordered/certified be authenticated by the persons responsible for the care of the beneficiary in accordance with Medicare’s policies. Claim denials shall be limited to those instances in which signatures that are required by Medicare policies are flawed or missing.

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA); Fecal Occult Blood (FOB) Testing

Clarifies CLIA regulations that the waived test categorization applies only to non- automated fecal occult blood tests.

Calculating Interim Rates for Graduate Medical Education (GME) Payments to New Teaching Hospitals – REVISED

Re-issued to revise several policy statements and to address how to handle certain impacted claims.

New Common Working File (CWF) Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Type for Liability Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (LMSAs) and No-Fault Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (NFMSAs) – REPLACED

Removes provider education requirements from original transmittal.

Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs Final Rule

Revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for CY 2018.

Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018

Addresses changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies to update payment systems to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services, as well as changes in the statute. In addition, this final rule includes policies necessary to begin offering the expanded Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program model.

Implementation of the Award for the Jurisdiction Part A and Part B Medicare Administrative Contractor (JJ A/B MAC)

Announces CMS has awarded the JJ A/B MAC contract for the administration of the Part A and Part B Medicare fee-for-service claims in the states of Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA) and Tennessee (TN) to Palmetto GBA LLC.

Update to Pub 100-04, Chapter -18 Preventive and Screening Services -Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT)

Adds ICD-10 diagnosis codes: F17.210 (Nicotine dependence, cigarettes, uncomplicated), F17.211 (Nicotine dependence, cigarettes, in remission), F17.213 (Nicotine dependence, cigarettes, with withdrawal), F17.218 (Nicotine dependence, cigarettes, with other nicotine-induced disorders), or F17.219 (Nicotine dependence, cigarettes, with unspecified nicotine-induced disorders), for LDCT coverage.

Billing Requirements for Ophthalmic Bevacizumab

Clarifies HCPCS code for billing ophthalmic bevacizumab.

Notification of the 2018 Dollar Amount in Controversy Required to Sustain Appeal Rights for an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing or Federal District Court Review

ALJ hearing requests amount for 2018 will remain at $160. Federal District Court appeals amount will increase to $1,600 for 2018.

Accepting Payment from Patients with a Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement

Explains what a MSA is and explains why it is appropriate to accept payment from a patient that has a funded MSA.

CMS Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program Results for Fiscal Year 2018

Fact Sheet describing VBP program and updates. Estimates the total amount available for value-based incentive payments for FY 2018 discharges will be approximately $1.9 billion.

Additional Appeals Settlement Option

CMS will make available an additional settlement option for providers and suppliers (appellants) with appeals pending at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) and the Medicare Appeals Council (the Council) at the Departmental Appeals Board.

ICD-10 and Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determinations (NCDs)

NCD coding changes the result of newly available codes, coding revisions to NCDs released separately, or coding feedback received.

CMS Posts RAC Review Topics

CMS has begun to post a list of review topics that have been proposed, but not yet approved, for RACs to review. These topics will be listed, on a monthly basis, on the Provider Resources page.

Partial Settlement of 2-Midnight Policy Court Cases

Provides instructions to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) on how to ensure hospitals receive additional payments due to a partial settlement agreement regarding the 0.2 percent downward adjustment beginning in Fiscal Year ("FY") 2014.

New Waived Tests

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

Annual Update of HCPCS Codes Used for Home Health Consolidated Billing Enforcement

Provides the 2018 annual update to the list of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes used by Medicare systems to enforce consolidated billing of home health services.

Remittance Advice Remark Code (RARC), Claims Adjustment Reason Code (CARC), Medicare Remit Easy Print (MREP), and PC Print Update

Updates the Remittance Advice Remark Codes (RARC) and Claims Adjustment Reason Code (CARC) lists and instructs Medicare Shared System Maintainers (SSMs) to update Medicare Remit Easy Print (MREP) and PC Print.

Claim Status Category Codes and Claim Status Codes Update

MAC and shared systems changes will be made as necessary as part of a routine release to reflect applicable changes such as retirement of previously used codes or newly created codes.

Therapy Cap Values for Calendar Year (CY) 2018

For physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined, the CY 2018 cap is $2,010. For occupational therapy, the CY 2018 cap is $2,010.

New Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Radiopharmaceutical/Tracer Unclassified Codes

CMS has created two new PET radiopharmaceutical unclassified tracer codes that can be used temporarily pending the creation/approval/implementation of permanent CPT codes that would later specifically define their function: A9597 - Positron emission tomography radiopharmaceutical, diagnostic, for tumor identification, not otherwise classified; A9598 – Positron emission tomography radiopharmaceutical, diagnostic, for non-tumor identification, not otherwise classified.

2018 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

On November 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $134 for 2018, the same amount as in 2017. The annual deductible for all Medicare Part B beneficiaries will be $183 in 2018, the same annual deductible in 2017. The Medicare Part A annual inpatient hospital deductible that beneficiaries pay when admitted to the hospital will be $1,340 per benefit period in 2018, an increase of $24 from $1,316 in 2017.

Quarterly Update of HCPCS Codes Used for Home Health Consolidated Billing Enforcement

Provides the quarterly update of HCPCS codes used for HH consolidated billing effective April 1, 2018.

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