- MLN Connects for February 14, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019
- New Medicare Card: 0 not O
- Home Health Compare Refresh
- MIPS: Check Your Preliminary 2019 Eligibility
- Comparative Billing Report on Family Practitioner Office Visits in February
- 2019 CMS Health Equity Award Winners
- Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program: Become a Medicare Enrolled Supplier
- Influenza Activity Continues: Are Your Patients Protected?
- Comparative Billing Report: Family Practitioner Office Visits Webinar — February 28
- Dementia Care & Psychotropic Medication Tracking Tool Call — March 12
- Open Payments: Transparency and You Call — March 13
- Home Health PDGM MLN Matters Article — New
- ICD-10 and Other Coding Revisions to NCDs MLN Matters Article — New
- Implementation of the SNF PDPM MLN Matters Article — New
- Implementation to Exchange the List of eMDR for Registered Providers MLN Matters Article — New
- Independent Laboratory Billing of Tests for ESRD Beneficiaries MLN Matters Article — New
- Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database: April 2019 Update MLN Matters Article — New
- Processing Instructions to Update the SPR MLN Matters Article — New
- Supervised Exercise Therapy for Symptomatic PAD MLN Matters Article — New
- Update to ICR Programs MLN Matters Article — New
- CWF Provider Queries NPI Verification MLN Matters Article — Revised
- Medicare FFS Response to the 2018 California Wildfires MLN Matters Article — Revised
- Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage Interactive Tutorial — Revised
- CLIA Program and Medicare Laboratory Services Fact Sheet— Revised
- Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System — Revised
- Medicare Advance Written Notices of Noncoverage Booklet— Revised
- Medicare Parts A & B Appeals Process Booklet— Revised
The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) uses numbers 0-9 and all uppercase letters except for S, L, O, I, B, and Z. We exclude these letters to avoid confusion when differentiating some letters and numbers (e.g., between “0” and “O”). Read MLN Matters® Article New MBI Get It, Use It for other helpful information, such as what to do if an MBI changes.
The January 2019 Home Health Compare refresh is available, including new quality measure results. Visit Home Health Compare to view the data. For more information, visit the Home Health Quality Reporting Program webpage.
Check the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to view your eligibility status for the 2019 performance period under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Enter your National Provider Identifier to find out if you need to participate in MIPS during the 2019 performance year.
For More Information:
- About MIPS Participation webpage
- 2019 MIPS Quick Start Guide - Opens in a new window
- QPP Year 3 Final Rule Overview Fact Sheet - Opens in a new window
- 2019 MIPS Eligibility and Participation Fact Sheet - Opens in a new window
- Contact the Quality Payment Program at QPP@cms.hhs.gov or 866-288-8292 (TTY: 877-715-6222)
CMS will issue a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) in February on Office Visits, New and Established, Family Practitioners (CBR201902). The CBR, produced by RELI Group, focuses on family practitioners who submit Medicare Part B claims. These reports contain data-driven tables with an explanation of findings that compare your billing and payment patterns to those of your peers in your state and across the nation.
CBRs are not publicly available. Look for an email from email@example.com with your report. Update your contact email address in the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System to ensure accurate delivery. Visit the CBR - Opens in a new window website for more information.
CMS announced the 2019 CMS Equity Award winners: HealthPartners and Centene Corporation. We are proud to recognize these organizations for closing gaps in health care quality, access, and outcomes among minorities and other underserved populations. Visit the CMS Health Equity Awards webpage for more information about the awards and this year’s awardees’ work.
Medicare pays Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) suppliers to furnish group-based intervention to at-risk Medicare beneficiaries:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum
- Up to 2 years of sessions delivered to groups of eligible beneficiaries
Find out how to become a Medicare enrolled MDPP supplier:
- Obtain CDC preliminary or full recognition: Takes at least 12 months to obtain preliminary recognition and up to 24 additional months to achieve full recognition; see the Supplier Fact Sheet and CDC website for more information
- Prepare for Medicare enrollment; see the Enrollment Fact Sheet and Checklist
- Apply to become a Medicare enrolled MDPP supplier (existing Medicare providers must re-enroll)
- Furnish MDPP services; see the Session Journey Map
- Submit claims to Medicare; see the Billing and Claims Fact Sheet and Billing and Payment Quick Reference Guide
For More Information:
- MDPP Expanded Model Booklet
- Materials from Medicare Learning Network call on June 20
- MDPP webpage
- CDC - CMS Roles Fact Sheet
- Contact the MDPP Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org
People over 65 are at a greater risk of serious complications from seasonal influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. It is not too late to get vaccinated – to help protect your patients, your staff, and yourself.
Medicare Part B covers the influenza virus vaccine once per influenza season. Medicare covers additional influenza vaccines if medically necessary.
You may also want to recommend the pneumococcal vaccine during the same visit. Medicare covers:
- An initial pneumococcal vaccine for Medicare beneficiaries who never received the vaccine under Medicare Part B
- A different, second pneumococcal vaccine 1 year after the first vaccine was administered
For More Information:
- Preventive Services Educational Tool
- Influenza Resources for Health Care Professionals MLN Matters Article
- Influenza Vaccine Payment Allowances MLN Matters Article
- CDC Influenza website
- CDC Information for Health Professionals webpage
- CDC Tools to Prepare Your Practice for Flu Season webpage
- CDC Make a Strong Flu Vaccine Recommendation webpage
In two recent reports, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) cited significant issues leading to coding errors on Medicare hospital claims:
- Hospitals Nationwide Generally Did Not Comply with Medicare Requirements for Billing Outpatient Right Heart Catheterizations with Heart Biopsies (March 2017): The OIG found that hospitals often use modifier -59 incorrectly when billing for outpatient right heart catheterizations with heart biopsies, which leads to significant overpayments and overpayment recoveries on claims for these services
- Medicare Improperly Paid Hospitals for Beneficiaries Who Had Not Received 96 or More Consecutive Hours of Mechanical Ventilation (June 2016): The OIG found that hospitals often use incorrect procedure codes when billing for mechanical ventilation
Use the following resources to bill correctly and avoid overpayment recoveries:
- OIG Reports Highlight Hospital Billing Issues MLN Matters Special Edition Article
- Proper Use of Modifier 59 MLN Matters Special Edition Article
- Specific Modifiers for Distinct Procedural Services MLN Matters Article
- Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 3, Inpatient Hospital Billing: Section 10, General Inpatient Requirements
- Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 1
- Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter, Volume 7, Issue 4
Thursday, February 28 from 3 to 4 pm ET
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Join us for a discussion of the Comparative Billing Report on Office Visits, New and Established, Family Practitioners (CBR201902), an educational tool for family practitioners who submit Medicare Part B claims. See the CBR - Opens in a new window website for more information.
National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement
Tuesday, March 12 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET
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During this call, gain insight on the Dementia Care & Psychotropic Medication Tracking Tool, a free, publicly available electronic tool that facilitates a structured approach to tracking preference-based care and psychotropic medication use among residents living with dementia. Also, learn about a recently released Nursing Home Staff Competency Assessment toolkit. Additionally, CMS provides updates on the Phase 3 Requirements for Participation from the Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities final rule and the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes. A question and answer session follows the presentations.
- Adrienne Mihelic, National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign
- David Reynolds, National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign
- Jay Weinstein, CMS
- Debra Lyons, CMS
- Michele Laughman, CMS
Target Audience: Consumer and advocacy groups; nursing home providers; surveyor community; prescribers; professional associations; and other interested stakeholders.
Wednesday, March 13 from 1 to 2 pm ET
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Reporting entities are submitting data to the Open Payments system on payments or transfers of value made to physicians and teaching hospitals during 2018. Beginning in April, physicians and teaching hospitals have 45 days to review and dispute records attributed to them. During this call, find out how to access the Open Payments system to review the accuracy of the data submitted about you before it is published on the CMS website. A question and answer session follows the presentation.
See the Open Payments Registration webpage for more information. CMS will publish the 2018 payment data and updates to the 2013 through 2016 data by June 30, 2019.
- Overview of the Open Payments national transparency program
- Program timeline
- Registration process
- Critical deadlines for physicians and teaching hospitals to review and dispute data
Target Audience: Physicians, teaching hospitals, and physician office staff.
A new MLN Matters Article MM11081 on Home Health Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) – Spilt Implementation is available. Learn about the payment reform requirements.
A new MLN Matters Article MM11134 on International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) and Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) is available. Learn about coding changes.
A new MLN Matters Article MM11152 on Implementation of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is available. Learn about the required changes.
A new MLN Matters Article MM11003 on Implementation to Exchange the List of Electronic Medical Documentation Requests (eMDR) for Registered Providers via the Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation (esMD) System is available. Learn about changes required to send Additional Documentation Request letters.
A new MLN Matters Article MM11061 on Independent Laboratory Billing of Laboratory Tests for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Beneficiaries and the Sunset of the CB Modifier is available. Learn about the CB modifier requirement.
A new MLN Matters Article MM11163 on Quarterly Update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB) - April 2019 Update is available. Learn about the new HCPCS codes.
A new MLN Matters Article MM11112 on Processing Instructions to Update the Standard Paper Remit (SPR) is available. Learn about updating systems to mask the Health Insurance Claim Number.
A new MLN Matters Article MM11022 on Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)—Clarification of Payment Rules and Expansion of International Classification of Diseases Tenth Edition (ICD-10) Diagnosis Codes is available. Learn about updates for the treatment of symptomatic PAD.
A new MLN Matters Article MM11117 on Update to Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) Programs is available. Learn about expanded coverage.
A revised MLN Matters Article MM10983 on Common Working File (CWF) Provider Queries National Provider Identifier (NPI) Verification is available. Learn about modifying each Part A eligibility inquiry and establishing verification processes.
The MLN Matters Special Edition Article SE18025 on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the 2018 California Wildfires is updated. This article was revised to advise providers that the public health emergency declaration and Section 1135 waiver authority for the State of California were renewed on February 6.
A revised Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage Interactive Tutorial is available. Learn:
- How to complete the form
- When to issue a notice
- Common reasons for Medicare to deny an item or service
A revised CLIA Program and Medicare Laboratory Services Fact Sheet is available. Learn about:
- How to enroll in the Program
- Types of laboratory certificates
- Test method categorization
A revised Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Booklet is available. Learn about:
- Certification elements
- Patient classification
- Policy payment adjustments
A revised Medicare Advance Written Notices of Noncoverage Booklet is available. Learn about:
- Financial liability
- How to issue and complete the forms
- Guidelines for collecting beneficiary payment
A revised Medicare Parts A & B Appeals Process Booklet is available. Learn about:
- Tips for filing
- The five levels of appeals
- Appointing a representative
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