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August 2023 Medicare Coverage, Compliance, and Other Updates

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

 | Billing 
 | COVID-19 

Coverage Updates


August 9, 2023: MLN MM13278: ICD-10 & Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determinations: January 2024 Update

Relevant National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) include NCD 50.3 (Cochlear Implants), NCD 90.2. (Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), and NCD 210.1 (Prostate Screening Tests). Make sure your billing staff are aware of newly available codes, recent coding changes, and how to find NCD coding information.


August 9, 2023: MLN MM13288: National Coverage Determination 30.3.3 – Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain

Make sure your billing staff knows about updated frequency edits for acupuncture for chronic low back pain (cLBP) and relevant codes for acupuncture and dry needling services starting January 1, 2024. Reminder, CMS won’t cover more than 20 acupuncture treatments annually.


Compliance Education Updates


August 2023: MLN Booklet Federally Qualified Health Center Revised

There have been several updates made to this MLN booklet. For example, CMS clarified the definition of telehealth and added consent for information for care management and virtual communications services.


Other Updates

July 27, 2023: MLN Connects Notification: CMS Updated the Discarded Drugs and Biologicals – JW Modifier and JZ Modifier Policy FAQs

In the July 27, 2023 edition of MLN Connects, CMS notes that they have updated the Discarded Drugs and Biologicals – JW Modifier and JZ Modifier Policy FAQs to clarify the applicability of the reporting requirements to various outpatient settings and certain not otherwise classified billing codes. They also clarify how to use the JW and JZ modifiers when you prepare the dose with more than 1 single-dose container.


Finally, they remind providers that they use the JW and JZ Modifiers to collect information on discarded drug amounts from drugs that are packaged in single-dose containers that are separately payable under Part B.


Starting July 1, 2023, report the JZ modifier when there are no discarded amounts and report the JQ modifier when there are discarded amounts.



August 16, 2023: CMS Fact Sheet: Anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act: Update on CMS Implementation

In this Fact Sheet, CMS details Milestones that they have met for implementing the provisions in this Act. You will also find links to public education resources that CMS has produced to help people with Medicare and those who assist them understand the changes under the new drug law (i.e., Frequently Asked Questions: Medicare Part B & D Insulin Benefit).
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.