Tagged with Medicare Billing

Telehealth Benefits Temporarily Expanded

The White House has announced that beginning on March 6, Medicare administered by CMS will temporarily pay clinicians to providing virtual visits and other telehealth services to beneficiaries.

CMS Provides MIPS Reporting Relief and Extension

CMS is issuing an extension to the 2019 data submission deadline through April 30, 2020. Specifically, the agency is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs with respect to upcoming measure reporting and data submission.

UnitedHealthcare Requiring Hospital Outreach Labs to Contract as Independent Reference Labs

Effective May 1, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will deny any non-patient lab test claims submitted by hospital outreach labs if billed under the hospital’s facility participation agreement. The insurer is requiring that hospital outreach labs are credentialed and contracted as an independent reference lab in order to get their non-patient lab test claims paid.

Florida First State to Receive Federal Approval for 1135 Medicaid Waiver to Address COVID-19

CMS has announced its approval of Florida’s Section 1135 Medicaid waiver request, giving the state greater flexibility to respond to COVID-19. These increased flexibilities include the removal of service barriers; streamlining provider enrollment processes; allowing care to be provided in alternative settings; suspending certain nursing home screening requirements; and extending deadlines for appeals.

HHS Releases Final Interoperability Rules

CMS and the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released two interoperability rules. The new rules aim to make it easier for patients to access and share their information and aim to end information blocking by requiring public and private entities to securely share health information with patients and penalize those who fail to do so.

CMS Seeks to Extend Joint Replacement Model by Three Years

CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is proposing a three-year extension for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model. The new rules proposes to change the definition of an episode to include outpatient hip and knee replacements as well as calculation modifications for the basis for the target price.

$8.3B Coronavirus Funding Bill Approved

During the first week in May, the U. S. House and Senate approved an $8.3 billion funding bill to support ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 (Coronavirus). On March 6, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 6074) was finalized by the president

HHS Releases Final Recommendations on Reducing Clinical Burden

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released the final version of its Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs. The strategy aims to reduce clinician burden through incremental changes that will push of electronic health record systems toward interoperability while easing regulatory burden.

Ohio Revises Definition of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities

Ohio has released the recently revised definition of an Ambulatory Surgical Facility (ASF), as part of the new 2020/2021 general operating budget legislation. The change expanded the ASF definition, which may require some previously unlicensed facilities to obtain licensure.

CMS Announces Plans to Change Prior Authorization Rules

CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, on February 11, announced the agency’s intent to reform prior authorization regulations later this year. According to Verma, the changes “will reduce administrative waste, increase patient safety and free physicians to spend time caring for their patients.”

CMS Releases 2021 MA and Part D Advance Notice Part II

On February 5, CMS released Part II of the Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part C and Part D Payment Policies. In the CY 2021 Advance Notice, the agency is proposing updates and changes to the methodologies used to pay MA plans, Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organizations, and Part D sponsors.

CMS Issues Quarterly Update to the NCCI PTP Edits

As a guide for physicians, providers, and suppliers billing Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries, CMS has released an update to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Procedure-to-Procedure (PTP) edits. The agency hopes the update will promote national correct coding methodologies and to control improper coding that can lead to inappropriate payment in Part B claims.

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