October Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates
MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS – RECURRING UPDATES
Changes to the Laboratory National Coverage Determination (NCD) Edit Software for January 2019
The January 2019 quarterly release of the edit module for clinical diagnostic laboratory services.
Quarterly Influenza Virus Vaccine Code Update - January 2019
2019 Annual Update of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Codes for Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Consolidated Billing (CB) Update
Updates to edits to allow only those services that are excluded from SNF CB to be paid separately.
Notice of New Interest Rate for Medicare Overpayments and Underpayments - 1st Qtr Notification for FY 2019
The Medicare contractors shall implement an interest rate of 10.125 percent effective October 17, 2018 for Medicare overpayments and underpayments.
OTHER MEDICARE TRANSMITTALS
Implementation of the Award for the Jurisdiction F (J-F) Part A and Part B Medicare Administrative Contractor (JF A/B MAC)
The Jurisdiction JF A/B MAC recompetition procurement was recently awarded to Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian), the incumbent contractor for this workload.
Guidance Regarding the Use of Statistical Sampling for Overpayment Estimation
Updates instructions for Unified Program Integrity Contractors (UPICs), Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs), the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC), and Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) regarding the use of statistical sampling in their reviews and estimation of overpayments.
Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs)
CMS is updating the Medicare Program Integrity Manual with detailed changes to the Local
Coverage Determination (LCD) process.
Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) PPS Changes
Implements Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 policy changes for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and LTCH PPS.
Updating Calendar Year (CY) 2019 Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Payment Rates
This MLN Matters Article is intended for organizations enrolled as Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) suppliers billing Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for MDPP services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.
Medical Review of Diagnostic Laboratory Tests
Clarifies how medical review contractors should review orders for diagnostic laboratory test claims.
MEDICARE SPECIAL EDITION ARTICLES
Activation of Systematic Validation Edits for OPPS Providers with Multiple Service Locations
Medicare systems will validate service facility location to ensure services are being provided in a Medicare enrolled location based on the information submitted on the Form CMS-855A submitted by the provider and entered into the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).
2018-2019 Influenza (Flu) Resources for Health Care Professionals
MEDICARE COVERAGE UPDATES
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Effective for claims with dates of service on and after April 10, 2018, Medicare will allow for MRI coverage for beneficiaries with an Implanted Pacemaker (PM), Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Pacemaker (CRT-P), or Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D).
MEDICARE PRESS RELEASES
2019 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles
The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $135.50 for 2019. The annual deductible for Medicare Part B beneficiaries is $185 in 2019. The Medicare Part A inpatient deductible that beneficiaries will pay when admitted to the hospital is $1,364 in 2019.
MEDICARE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
October 2018 Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter
Assists health care professionals to understand the latest findings identified by MACs and other contractors such as Recovery Auditors and the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) review contractor, in addition to other governmental organizations such as the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
Medicare Fast Facts
Medicare Fast Facts resources this month include:
- Proper Use of the KX Modifier for Part B Immunosuppressive Drug Claims
OTHER MEDICARE UPDATES
September 2018 Patients Over Paperwork Newsletter
An update on CMS’s ongoing work to reduce administrative burden and improve the customer experience while putting patients first.