- Unprecedented Efforts to Increase Transparency of Nursing Home Ownership
- Hospital Price Transparency: Use Required CMS Template Layout to Encode Hospital Standard Charge Information
- Quality Payment Program: Preview Your Performance Information by December 12
- Medicare Participation for CY 2024
- Hospice: New Requirement for Physicians Who Certify Patient Eligibility
- Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System: CY 2024 Final Policies, Printable Instrument, & FAQs
- CMS Health Information Handler Helps You Submit Medical Review Documentation Electronically
- National Rural Health Day: Address Unique Health Care Needs
- Lung Cancer: Help Your Patients Reduce Their Risk
- Home Health Prospective Payment System: CY 2024 Update
- Provider Enrollment Changes to the Medicare Program Integrity Manual
- Separate Payment for Disposable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Devices on Home Health Claims
- Allowing Audiologists to Provide Certain Diagnostic Tests Without a Physician Order — Revised
The Biden-Harris Administration is taking additional action to empower nursing home residents and their families to make informed decisions about care and to hold nursing homes accountable for the service they provide by requiring nursing homes to disclose additional ownership and management information to CMS and states and making this information public.
The final rule will require disclosure of new information to shine a light on private equity ownership.
- Full press release
- Fact sheet
- Trends in Ownership Structures of U.S. Nursing Homes and the Relationship with Facility Traits and Quality of Care (2013-2022)
Hospital Price Transparency: Use Required CMS Template Layout to Encode Hospital Standard Charge Information
CMS finalized new Hospital Price Transparency requirements in the CY 2024 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System final rule. Starting July 1, 2024, hospitals must:
- Adopt a CMS template layout
- Encode their standard charge information using our technical specifications and data dictionary
We recently launched the Hospital Price Transparency – Data Dictionary GitHub repository where you can:
- Access templates and technical instructions
- Get technical support
January 17 Webinar
Register for a webinar on January 17 from 2–3:30 pm ET. We’ll:
- Review new requirements
- Present examples of how to encode standard charge information in the CMS template layout
- Demonstrate the GitHub repository
Doctors & Clinicians: Now through December 12 at 8 pm ET, preview your 2022 performance information before it appears on the Medicare.gov compare tool and in the Provider Data Catalog. Learn more about the 2022 Preview Period and public reporting at Care Compare: Doctors and Clinicians Initiative.
Learn about the advantages of participating in Medicare and changes for CY 2024. Your Medicare Administrative Contractor sent you a postcard with a link to the announcement (PDF).
See Annual Medicare Participation Announcement for more information.
Effective May 1, 2024, for Medicare to pay for hospice services, the following physicians must enroll in Medicare or opt out:
- Hospice medical director or the physician member of the hospice interdisciplinary group who certifies the patient’s terminal condition
- Patient-designated attending physician (if they have one) who certifies their terminal condition
If you’re currently enrolled or opted out, you don’t need to do anything.
This new requirement:
- Only applies to Fee-for-Service Medicare
- Doesn’t prohibit the patient’s independent attending physician from treating them while in hospice and billing for these services under Part B
- Applies to all written or oral certifications under § 418.22(c)
Hospices can quickly verify a physician’s enrollment or opt-out status using the CMS ordering and referring data file (ORDF), which lists all Medicare-enrolled and opted-out physicians. We’ll modify the ORDF to create a separate column with this status.
Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System: CY 2024 Final Policies, Printable Instrument, & FAQs
- Extending 3 existing add-on payments to the ambulance base and mileage rates under the Ambulance Fee Schedule through December 31, 2024
- Finalizing changes to the Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System (GADCS):
- Adding the ability to address partial year responses from ground ambulance organizations
- Introducing a minor edit to improve the reporting consistency of hospital-based ambulance organizations
- Implementing 4 technical corrections to typos to the GADCS Instrument
CMS posted updated GADCS resources with changes from the CY 2024 PFS final rule:
- Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection Instrument (PDF): Printable English Version
- FAQs (PDF)
Learn about the CMS Health Information Handler (CMS HIH), a free service to help you upload and submit your medical documentation electronically to your Medicare Administrative Contractor using the following formats:
- Portable document format (PDF)
- Extensible markup language (XML)
Respond electronically to prior authorization and additional document requests:
- Unlimited number of transactions
- Fast, safe, and secure environment
- Easily accessible
The benefits of the CMS HIH include:
- Hosted on CMS Amazon Web Services cloud
- Adheres to all CMS security and privacy standards
- Accommodates small or large users
Contact email@example.com to learn more, and get started.
Americans living in rural areas, Tribal nations, the territories, and other geographically isolated areas have unique health care needs (see Rural Health). On National Rural Health Day, get the latest news on rural health programs and policy.
- CMS Framework for Advancing Health Care in Rural, Tribal, and Geographically Isolated Communities (PDF)
- Rural Health Clinics Center
People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get or die from lung cancer than people who don’t smoke (see CDC). During Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the Great American Smokeout®, talk with your patients about how they can lower their lung cancer risk.
Medicare pays for:
Your patients pay nothing if you accept assignment. Find out when your patient is eligible for these services. If you need help, contact your eligibility service provider.
- CDC Lung Cancer Awareness webpage
- Tobacco Use (PDF) data snapshot: Learn about disparities in Medicare patients
- Counseling to prevent tobacco use & tobacco-caused disease and lung cancer screenings: Get information for your patients
In a report, the Office of the Inspector General found that providers didn’t always comply with federal requirements when reporting the place-of-service code on a claim line. Review the revised Skilled Nursing Facility 3-Day Rule Billing (PDF) fact sheet, and learn how to:
- Use the appropriate place-of-service codes for Part A inpatients
- Learn more about place-of-service codes frequently associated with extended care services
For more information, see Medicare Payment Systems: Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System.
Vagus Nerve Stimulators: Transitional Pass-through Status for HCPCS Code C1827 — Updated
For all dates of service starting January 1, 2023, and when used in combination with CPT code 64568, CMS granted transitional pass-through payment status for HCPCS code C1827 (Generator, neurostimulator (implantable), non-rechargeable, with implantable stimulation lead and external paired stimulation controller).
CMS will reopen all claims submitted for C1827 with dates of services starting January 1, 2023, and reprocess them if needed. You don’t need to take any action.
- Pass-Through Payment Status and New Technology Ambulatory Payment Classification
- Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Treatment Resistant Depression
- Section 60.4 Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 4 (PDF)
MLN Matters® Articles
Learn about changes effective January 1, 2024 (PDF):
- 30-day period payment rates
- National per-visit amounts
- Cost-per-unit payment amounts used to calculate outlier payments
- Medicare enrollment of marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors
- Other provider enrollment policy updates like denial reasons and revocations
Learn about changes effective January 1, 2024 (PDF):
- Separate payment for HCPCS code A9272 on type of bill 032x, instead of 034x
- Deductible and coinsurance apply
Get materials from the November Expanded Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model panel:
Panelists review how their agencies are introducing new approaches to care delivery and fostering organizational culture where staff can thrive under value-based care. The discussion highlights strategies related to information systems, internal incentives, and leadership.
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