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April 2022 Medicare Transmittals, Coverage Updates and Education Resources

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Medicare MLN Articles & Transmittals

Mental Health Visits via Telecommunications for Rural Health Clinics & Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Article Release Date: March 30, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: This article provides information about regulatory changes for mental health visits in RHCs and FQHCs, and billing information for mental health visits done via telecommunications.
  • MLN SE22001: (link)
Updates to MS-DRGs Subject to IPPS Replaced Devices Offered Without Cost or With a Credit Policy-Fiscal Years 2021-2022
  • Transmittal Release Date: April 7, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: CMS published this One Time Notification (Change Request 12662 / Transmittal 11346) to implement updates to the list of DRGs subject to the IPPS payment policy for reimbursement of replaced devices offered without cost or with a credit, effective for discharges on or after 10/1/2020.
  • Transmittal 11346/CR 12662: (link)

Revised Medicare MLN Articles & Transmittals

Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule: Revised Information for Laboratories on Collecting & Reporting Data for the Private Payor Rate-Based Payment System
  • Article Release Date: February 27, 2019 – Most recent revision March 24, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: This article was revised to note that Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests (CDLTs) that are not Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory Tests (ADLs), the data reporting period has been delayed by 1 year due to the December 10, 2021, Protecting Medicare & American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act.
  • MLN SE19006: (link)
Claims Processing Instructions for the New Pneumococcal 15-valen Conjugate Vaccine Code 90671 and Pneumococcal 20-valent Conjugate Vaccine Code 90677
  • Article Release Date: November 1, 2021 – Most recent revision March 30, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: This article was revised for a second time to show the MACs will adjust certain previously processed and rejected claims with HCPCS code 90671 after April 4, 2022.
  • MLN MM12550: (link)

Coverage Updates

April 7, 2022: Monoclonal Antibodies Directed Against Amyloid for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease Final Decision Memo (CAG-00460N)

CMS published a final decision memo for the coverage of aducanumab (brand name Aduhelm™) and any future monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid approved by the FDA with an indication for use in treating Alzheimer’s disease. Of note, CMS incorporated over 10,000 stakeholder comments and more than 250 peer-reviewed documents into the determination.

CMS finalized coverage for therapies that receive traditional approval from the FDA under coverage with evidence development (CED). CMS, as a part of this decision, will provide enhanced access and coverage for people with Medicare participating in CMS-approved studies, such as a data collection through routine clinical practice or registries.

More information:

  • Complete press release
  • Fact sheet on Medicare coverage policy for monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Final NCD CED decision memorandum

Medicare Educational Resources

MLN Booklet: Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Anesthesiologist Assistants, & Physician Assistants - Revised

This MLN Booklet (link) was updated in March 2022. A summary of changes is available on page three and substantive content updates highlighted in dark red font throughout the booklet. For example, effective January 1, 2022, Physician Assistants bill the Medicare Program directly for their services and get paid like NPs and CNSs.

April 21, 2022: Medicare Provider Compliance Newsletter

In the Thursday April 21st edition of MLN Connects (link), CMS provided a link to their most recent Medicare Provider Compliance Newsletter. Originally, published on a quarterly basis, this newsletter is now published twice a year. In the most recent edition, you can learn about guidance to address billing errors for three topics:

  • Hospice certification and recertification of terminal illness,
  • Refills of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies: items provided on a recurrent basis, and
  • Total hip arthroplasty: medical necessity and documentation requirements.
    • CMS has updated this FAQ document (link) which contains information on frequently asked questions from provider and facilities regarding No Surprises rules, independent dispute resolution, and exceptions to the new rules and requirements.

      April 18, 2022: CMS Issues Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule

      In an MLN Connects Special Edition (link), CMS announced the issuance of the FY 2023 IPPS Proposed Rule. They are proposing a 3.2% increase in operating payment rates for acute care IPPS hospitals that successfully participate in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and are meaningful electronic health record users. You will find links to a complete press release, proposed payment fact sheet, maternal health and health equity measures fact sheet, White House statement on reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, and the proposed rule in the announcement. Comments on the proposed rule must be in by June 17, 2022.

Article Author: Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS
Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, is the Manager of Clinical Analytics at Medical Management Plus, Inc. Beth has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare including eleven years in Case Management at a large multi-facility health system. In her current position, Beth is a principle writer for MMP’s Wednesday@One weekly e-newsletter, an active member of our HIPAA Compliance Committee, MMP’s Education Department Program Director and co-developer of MMP’s proprietary Compliance Protection Assessment Tool.

This material was compiled to share information.  MMP, Inc. is not offering legal advice. Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and useful.