Tagged with CPT Coding
CMS has released 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D payment rates, announcing a 0.45% average rate increase. According to CMS, the changes made aim at providing benefit flexibility and efficiency which will allow Medicare enrollees to choose the care that best fits their health needs.
The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has announced two major policy and operational updates related to Behavioral Health Redesign. These policy modifications include the expansion of MH Day Treatment service for Qualified Mental Health Specialists (QMHSs) as well as the removal of the limit of 24 hours for Mental Health or SUD Nursing services per patient, per calendar year.
The DOJ moves forward with legal action against two insurers accused of erroneous coding and inflated billing – UnitedHealth and WellMed Medical Management.
CMS has announced proposed changes to the Part D prescription drug program and Medicare Advantage for calendar year 2018.
CMS has issued the final rule updating the Medicare’s physician fee schedule for 2017. Under the final rule, physician payment rates increase slightly, as called for by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
As of October 1, the year-long grace period for ICD-10 claims submissions has ended. To assist coders and hospitals, CMS has revised its Q&A “Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015, CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities.”
In the most recent quarterly update, CMS HCPCS code additions and changes affect drugs, biosimilars and biologicals.
Effective September 19, Humana will update claim processing edits for Surgery procedures, including: sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, other medical and surgical service during the postoperative period, FL Medicaid services included in delivery, birth center non-covered services, Florida Medicaid, and extracorporeal photopheresis.
Effective December 1, Aetna will update its ER level of care policy for CPT code 99285 will downcode 99285 used with a designated minor diagnosis code.
Effective September 19, Humana will update claim processing edits for Internal Medicine procedures, including: Sequential IV push, Telephone assessment and management, Home visit, Polysomnography, and Immune globulin.
Effective September 19, Humana will update claim processing edits for Anesthesia procedures, including: Medical supervision and medical direction of anesthesia services, Consistency of reduced or discontinued anesthesia services between professional and facility providers, Discontinued anesthesia services between professional and facility providers, and Anesthesia for colorectal cancer screening.
Effective September 19, Humana will update claim processing edits for Lab / Pathology procedures, including: prenatal screening, Independent Labs – Covered Services and frequency limits, and services included in prenatal care.
Effective September 19, Humana will update radiology claim processing edits, including: procedure code guidelines policy, obstetric ultrasound frequency,Zika virus, radiation treatment delivery, computed tomographic colonography, consultation on x-ray, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and radiological examination of the hips and lower extremities.