Tagged with ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding
Anthem is introducing a new program to reduce the administrative burden associated with current prior authorization (PA) processes for providers who are contracted with Anthem in Connecticut. The Prior Auth Pass Program allows providers who meet program requirements to waive prior authorization for select outpatient medical procedures that generally have high rates of PA requests and approvals.
Effective July 1, Aetna will require prior authorization for certain procedures under its Enhanced Clinical Review Program with eviCore healthcare.
UnitedHealthcare (UHC) Washington has released a notice detailing which procedure codes will require prior authorization for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Washington, effective for dates of service on or after October 1.
Effective September 1, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will add a new policy for molecular pathology and will make changes to its procedure to modifier policy.
Cigna has published a number of clinical, reimbursement, and administrative policy updates, including its reimbursement policy for spinal fusion related services, venous angioplasty, and orthotic prescriptions.
Beginning with dates of service November 1, Anthem will implement updates Bundled Services and Supplies and Frequency Editing reimbursement policies.
Beginning July 1, Aetna will require authorization for its enhanced clinical review program with eviCore healthcare for certain outpatient radiation therapy services.
CMS has provided ICD-10-CM coding updates for the fiscal year, starting October 1, 2019 and ending September 30, 2020.
Anthem New Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program Services Facility Reimbursement Policy
Beginning with dates of service on or after July 1, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) will implement the new facility reimbursement policy, Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program Services.
UHC has posted a correction to authorization previously published code additions, as well as new codes requiring prior authorization.
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.
CMS has announced plans to analyze whether clinical labs improperly unbundled Medicare billing codes for panel diagnostic tests in order to receive higher payments.
Anthem has released an update regarding the coding of bundled services for continuous intraoperative neurophysiology monitoring, from outside the operating room.
Humana has published a new claim payment policy update for durable medical equipment (DME) repair and replacement.
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.
Anthem Wisconsin has updated certain medical policies and clinical utilization management (UM) guidelines to support clinical coding edits.
On November 1, CMS issued the Calendar Year (CY) 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule. The final rule updates payment policies, payment rates, and other provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2019.
CMS has finalized Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) rates and policies for calendar year 2019.
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 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.