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Thursday, February 11, 2021



Claims, Pricers, & Codes

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Flu & Pneumococcal Shots: Protect Your Patients

You can give flu and pneumococcal shots during the same office visit. Your patients pay nothing if you accept assignment. Medicare Part B covers:

Check eligibility for pneumococcal shots. If your patient has:

  • Medicare Fee-for-Service: check Medicare eligibility (PDF)
  • Medicare Advantage (MA): ask them if they got a shot while enrolled in an MA plan, or check with the plan

More Information:



Hospices: Create an Effective Plan of Care

An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report found that most hospices have at least one deficiency in their quality of care. Review the Creating an Effective Hospice Plan of Care (PDF) fact sheet to learn about principles of care planning, care coordination, and common deficiencies. Additional resources:


Claims, Pricers, & Codes

COVID-19: Revised Clinician Codes Accepted with CS Modifier

Effective March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires Medicare Part B to cover beneficiary cost-sharing for provider visits when a COVID-19 diagnostic test is administered or ordered. CMS updated the list of codes (ZIP) that physicians and non-physician practitioners can use with the Cost-Sharing (CS) modifier.

For dates of service on or after January 1, 2021, through the end of the public health emergency, we’ll accept these codes with the CS modifier:

  • HCPCS codes G2250, G2251, and G2252
  • CPT codes 98970, 98971, and 98972 (These replace HCPCS codes G2061 – G2063, which are accepted for services provided in 2020)  

CPT codes 98966, 98967, and 98968 are accepted for services with the CS modifier provided on or after March 18, 2020.

More information about cost-sharing: Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF) MLN Matters Article


PFS Payment for Office & Outpatient E/M Visits

Effective January 1, for Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) payment of office and outpatient Evaluation and Management (E/M) visits (CPT codes 99201 through 99215), Medicare generally adopted the new AMA coding, language, and interpretive guidance framework. See the fact sheet (PDF) for more information, including:

  • PFS payment of Medicare’s add-on codes for prolonged office and outpatient visits (G2212) and visit complexity (G2211)
  • Medical review when time is used to select visit level


ESRD: Claims Processing Issues for Type of Bill 072X

End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) providers: CMS is aware of 2 claims processing issues for type of bill 072X for dates of service in 2021: 

  • The ESRD network reduction deducted twice from your payments in error. We’re correcting this issue and will adjust your claims.
  • Claims with HCPCS codes J0604 (Cinacalcet, oral, 1 mg) and/or J0606 (Injection, etelcalcetide, 0.1 mg) received reason code 36226, requiring the AX modifier appended to the line, which isn’t required for dates of service in 2021. Medicare Administrative Contractors will process claims pending with this reason code, including claims returned to the provider. 

You don’t need to adjust or resubmit your claims for these issues.


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