Tagged with CPT Coding

CMS Releases 2020 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rates

On April 1, CMS released its finalized payment and policy changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D plans for the 2020 coverage year. CMS states the final updates will continue to maximize competition among Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, as well as include important actions to address the nation’s opioid crisis.

New York – Anthem Reimbursement Policy Updates

Anthem has posted several reimbursement policy updates, including updates to its Rule of Eight” Reporting Guidelines, system updates for 2019, and updates to policy for Modifier 69.

CMS Finalizes 2019 Medicare Clinical Lab Payment Determinations

CMS has released its final 2019 Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) payment determinations for new and reconsidered clinical lab test codes. Specifically, CMS finalized the basis for establishing the payment rate (crosswalking or gapfilling), along with the agency’s rationale for the decision.

Anthem – Enhanced Automated Claim Edits

Anthem is updating its editing systems to automate edits supported by correct coding guidelines, as documented in industry sources such as CPT®, HCPCS Level II, and ICD-10. Anthem states the enhanced editing automation will promote faster claim processing and reduce follow-up audits and/or record requests for claims not consistent with correct coding guidelines.

Cigna Clinical, Reimbursement, Admin and Preventive Care Updates

Cigna has published a number of clinical, reimbursement, and administrative policy updates, including its reimbursement policy for Infusion and Injection Administration Services with Emergency Department as Place of Service and precertification changes for Cardiac Electrophysiological Studies.

Humana Updated Claim Payment Policies

Humana recently published new updates to its claim payment policy for pass-through billing as well as its policy for telehealth and telemedicine.

CY 2019 OPPS and ASC Payment System Final Rule Released

CMS has released its Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System final rule for the next calendar year. According to the agency, the policies adopted in the CY 2019 final rule will help lay the foundation for a patient-driven healthcare system and will also strengthen the Medicare program by providing more choices and lower cost options.

Florida Blue Billing Laterality Modifiers

Florida Blue issued a notice to providers stating the insurer will implement edits for several spinal surgery procedures when billed in conjunction with lumber spinal fusion codes, including spinal cord decompression and laminectomy, facetectomy and foraminotomy procedures.

BCBS Vermont New, Revised and Deleted Codes Released

Following Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s (BCBSVT) review of the CPT® and HCPCS additions, deletions and revisions for October 1, the insurer has made several changes involving prior approval, investigational services, and unit designation.

Humana Claim Processing Edits

Humana has released several claims processing edits, including updates to Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), Modifiers 96 and 97, HCPCS Drugs & Biologicals, and other policies.

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