Prior Authorization for Certain Outpatient Department (OPD) Services Program Resources

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Inpatient FAQ June 2020


What is the Prior Authorization for Certain Outpatient Department (OPD) Services Program and what resources are available to learn more about the program?


The program was finalized in the Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule and is specific to the Hospital Outpatient Department setting. A Prior Authorization will be required for the following five procedures:

  • Blepharoplasty
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Panniculectomy
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Vein ablation

You can access a list of the specific HCPCS codes for each of these procedures on the CMS Prior Authorization for Certain Hospital OPD Services webpage.

CMS believes this program will be an effective tool in controlling unnecessary increases in volume by ensuring payments are only being made for medically necessary services.

As required by CMS, Medicare Administrative Contractors have been educating providers about this program by posting information on their websites and webinars. Likewise, CMS has created a webpage with information specific to this program and held a Special Open Door Forum on May 28, 2020.

This program is set to begin July 1, 2020. However, a week from today on June 17, 2020, hospitals can begin submitting prior authorization requests (PARs) to Medicare Administrative Contractors for services to be provided on or after July 1, 2020.   

Following are links to resources to assist you as you prepare for this new program:

Article by Beth Cobb

Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, is the Manager of Clinical Analytics at Medical Management Plus, Inc.  Beth has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare including eleven years in Case Management at a large multi-facility health system. 

In her current position, Beth is a principle writer for MMP’s Wednesday@One weekly e-newsletter, an active member of our HIPAA Compliance Committee, MMP’s Education Department Program Director and co-developer of MMP’s proprietary Compliance Risk Assessment (CRA) Tool. You may contact Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This material was compiled to share information.  MMP, Inc. is not offering legal advice.  Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and useful.











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