Tagged with CPT Coding

Aetna – Clinical Payment and Coding Policy Changes

Effective September 1, Aetna will implement changes to its clinical payment and coding policy for several services and procedures, and will also implement several changes to its CPT® codes assigned to Enhanced Groupings (AEG) and/or Coventry Enhanced Groupings (CEG).

UnitedHealthcare – Coordinated Commercial Reimbursement Policy Updates

Beginning in July, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will make changes to some commercial reimbursement policies, including after hours and weekend care, intraoperative neuromonitoring, and its professional and technical component policy for duplicate or repeat services of global test only.

Anthem BCBS AIM Radiation, Oncology Clinical Guidelines Updates

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) published a notice stating that effective with dates of service on and after July 1st a separate company, AIM Specialty Health (AIM), will apply AIM’s Radiation Oncology Clinical Appropriateness Guidelines to precertification requests for certain services.

Rhode Island – BCBSRI CPT and HCPCS Level II Code Changes

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) has updated its claims processing system. These updates became effective April 1 and include Category II performance measurement tracking codes and Category III temporary codes for emerging technology.

Massachusetts – BCBSMA Claims, Coding, Payment Updates

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) has released coding and payment updates for certain procedures and services, including venipuncture reported with labs or E&M service, interim caries arresting medicament, and others.

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.

2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rates Announced

CMS has released the final policy and payment updates to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D programs for 2019. The policy changes for the coming year will include a pay increase for MA plans and strategies to increase the use of encounter data to determine risk scores for plans.

Harvard Pilgrim Anesthesia for GI Endoscopic Procedures Policy Update

Harvard Pilgrim is implementing updates to its policy for Monitored Anesthesia Care for Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopic Procedures to include the appropriate 2018 CPT codes and to expand coverage of monitored anesthesia care to include patients at risk of complication due to mild systemic disease.