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Thursday, April 21, 2022




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Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Key Dates & Measure Change

CMS updated the Public Reporting: Key Dates for Providers webpage to help you prepare for Hospice Quality Reporting Program refreshes through November 2022.

Public reporting for the Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL) measure begins this May. It replaces the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent (HVWDII) measure. Learn more about the measure development process.


Ambulance Ground Transport: Comparative Billing Report in April

In late April, CMS will issue a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on Medicare Part B claims for ambulance ground transport. Use the data-driven report to compare your billing practices with those of peers in your state and across the nation.

CBRs aren’t publicly available. Look for an email from cbrpepper.noreply@religroupinc.com to access your report. Update your email address in the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System to ensure delivery. 

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Hospices: Aggregate & Inpatient Caps under the Value-Based Insurance Design Model

Is your Medicare patient enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan that’s participating in the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model’s Hospice Benefit Component? If so, you can’t include your Medicare Advantage plan payments for these patients in calculating your aggregate and inpatient cap payments for January 1, 2021–December 31, 2024, the performance period of the Model component.

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Medicare Provider Compliance Newsletter

Learn about guidance to address billing errors (PDF):

  • Hospice certification and recertification of terminal illness
  • Refills of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies: items provided on a recurrent basis
  • Total hip arthroplasty: medical necessity and documentation requirements


DMEPOS Items: Medical Record Documentation

For Medicare to cover any Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) item, the patient’s medical record must include enough documentation to justify the need for:

  • Type and quantity of items ordered
  • Frequency of use (or replacement if applicable)

The medical record should include the patient’s diagnosis and:

  • Condition duration
  • Clinical course (worsening or improving)
  • Prognosis
  • Nature and extent of functional limits
  • Other therapeutic interventions and results
  • Experience with related items

The medical record may include records from hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies, and other health care professionals.

See Section 5.9 of the Medicare Program Integrity Manual, Chapter 5 (PDF) for more information.



CMS Health Equity Symposium — April 28

Thursday, April 28 from 1–2:30 pm ET

Register for this webinar.

During the symposium, the Office of Minority Health will discuss:

  • How CMS is operationalizing health equity across all our programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplaces
  • HHS and CMS equity plan initiatives, including the importance of data collection, the connection to stakeholder and partner efforts to improve health equity, and additional health equity information and updates

We’ll post materials on the Webinar & Events webpage.


MLN Matters® Articles

Update to Publication 100-04, Chapter 18 and Publication 100-02, Chapter 15, Section to Add Data Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its Administration to Current Claims Processing Requirements and Other General Updates

Learn about updates to the Medicare Claims Processing and Benefits Policy Manuals (PDF):

  • Added payment processing instructions for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Added COVID-19 to the list of preventive vaccines that we cover without coinsurance or deductible
  • Streamlined the process to enroll as a centralized biller



Medicare Modernization of Payment Software — Revised

Do you submit institutional claims to Medicare Administrative Contractors? Share these updates with your software vendor (PDF):

  • ICD-10 software
  • Web pricer
  • Java conversion schedule


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