October Medicare Transmittals and Other Updates

on Tuesday, 30 October 2018. All News Items | Outpatient Services | Miscellaneous | Medicare Coverage | Coding | Billing

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.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM10941.pdf

Quarterly Influenza Virus Vaccine Code Update - January 2019

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2018Downloads/R4141CP.pdf

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.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM10981.pdf

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.

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2018Downloads/R307FM.pdf

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.

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2018Downloads/R2143OTN.pdf

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.

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2018Downloads/R828PI.pdf

Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs)

CMS is updating the Medicare Program Integrity Manual with detailed changes to the Local

Coverage Determination (LCD) process.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM10901.pdf

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.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM10869.pdf

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.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM10970.pdf

Medical Review of Diagnostic Laboratory Tests

Clarifies how medical review contractors should review orders for diagnostic laboratory test claims.

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2018Downloads/R836PI.pdf

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).

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE18023.pdf

2018-2019 Influenza (Flu) Resources for Health Care Professionals

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE18015.pdf

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).

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM10877.pdf

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.

https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/2019-medicare-parts-b-premiums-and-deductibles

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).

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/MedQtrlyComp-Newsletter-MLN8893947.pdf

Medicare Fast Facts

Medicare Fast Facts resources this month include:

  • Proper Use of the KX Modifier for Part B Immunosuppressive Drug Claims

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Fast-Facts.html?DLSort=1&DLEntries=10&DLPage=1&DLSortDir=descending

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.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/Partnerships/POPSeptember2018Newsletter.pdf

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