October 2019 Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates
MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS – RECURRING UPDATES
Changes to the Laboratory National Coverage Determination (NCD) Edit Software for January 2020
Announces changes to be included in the January 2020 quarterly release of the edit module for clinical diagnostic laboratory services.
January 2020 Quarterly Average Sales Price (ASP) Medicare Part B Drug Pricing Files and Revisions to Prior Quarterly Pricing Files
Informs MACs about new and revised Average Sales Price (ASP) and ASP Not Otherwise Classified (NOC) drug pricing files for Medicare Part B drugs.
Updating Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Payment Rates
CMS intends to calculate the payment rates for each calendar year, based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U); and instruct the MACs and the Railroad Specialty MAC to update the MDPP payment rates each year.
Notice of New Interest Rate for Medicare Overpayments and Underpayments - 1st Qtr Notification for FY 2020
The interest rate for the first quarter of FY 2020 is 10.125%.
OTHER MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS
Provider Enrollment Rebuttal Process
Puts into operation the provision which permits providers/suppliers whose Medicare billing privileges are deactivated to file a rebuttal.
Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS) Updates for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020
Identifies changes as part of the annual IPF PPS update established in the IPF PPS FY 2020 Final Rule. These changes are applicable to discharges occurring from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020 (FY 2020).
Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH) PPS Changes
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 update to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and LTCH Prospective Payment System (PPS).
Add Dates of Service (DOS) for Pneumococcal Pneumonia Vaccination (PPV) Health Care Procedure Code System (HCPCS) Codes (90670, 90732), and Remove Next Eligible Dates for PPV HCPCS
Instructs Medicare's Common Working File (CWF) to send the Date of Service (DOS) for both PPV HCPCS codes (90670 and 90732) to the Medicare Beneficiary Database (MBD).This will allow other systems to know whether the DOS was for the initial vaccine or the second vaccine. Once the CR is implemented, providers will receive more detail in reply to eligibility transactions on whether their beneficiaries have received one or both PPV vaccines.
REVISED MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) and Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determination (NCDs) – January 2020 Update – REVISED
Revised on October 1, 2019, to clarify that the effective date is January 1, 2020, unless noted otherwise.
October 2019 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) – REVISED
Revised to correct Table 7 to reinstate C9043 rather than delete it effective October 1, 2019. Also adds a new HCPCS code J0642, which is effective October 1, 2019, and revises the descriptor for J0641.
MEDICARE SPECIAL EDITION ARTICLES
Billing Instructions for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans for Services Covered by Decision Memo CAG-00451N
CMS is providing this information for hospitals providing CAR T-cell therapy to beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.
MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Medicare Fast Facts
Medicare Fast Facts resources this month include:
- Cardiac Device Credits: Medicare Billing
- Proper Use of the KX Modifier for Part B Immunosuppressive Drug Claims
- Payment for Outpatient Services Provided to Beneficiaries Who Are Inpatients of Other Facilities
OTHER MEDICARE UPDATES
Final Rule: Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), and Home Health Agencies (HHA), and Hospital and CAH Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care
The rule finalizes requirements for hospitals, CAHs, and HHAs to implement discharge planning processes that will provide more information (such as a PAC provider or supplier’s performance in quality measures and resource measures) to patients and their families to help them make more informed decisions about PACs in order to better address their goals for care and treatment preferences.
Final Rule: Omnibus Burden Reduction (Conditions of Participation)
Finalizes provisions of three separate proposed rules: the Omnibus Burden Reduction proposed rule (dated September 20, 2018); Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care proposed rule (dated June 6, 2016); and the Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Dialysis Facilities proposed rule (dated November 4, 2016).
Modernizing and Clarifying the Physician Self-Referral Regulations Proposed Rule
A proposed rule to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Medicare physician self-referral law (often called the “Stark Law”), which has not been significantly updated since it was enacted in 1989.
Adjustment to the Amount in Controversy Threshold Amounts for Calendar Year 2020
The annual adjustment in the amount in controversy (AIC) threshold amounts for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and judicial review. The 2020 AIC threshold is $170 for ALJ hearings and $1,670 for judicial review.
Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter October 2019
This quarter’s newsletter addresses Ambulance Services Subject to SNF Consolidated Billing Requirements and Outpatient Physical Therapy Services.
Palmetto GBA 2020 Medical Review TPE Teleconference Schedule