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August 2023 Medicare Transmittals and MLN Articles

Published on 

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

 | Billing 
 | Coding 

July 21, 2023: MLN MM13240: Patient Driven Payment Model Claim Edits

CMS advises that Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and Hospitals need to make sure your billing staff knows about edits for SNFs billing on Type of Bill (TOB) 21X and Swing Bed TOB 18X, and hospitals billing during an interrupted stay.


July 21, 2023: MLN MM13248: Processing Services During Disenrollment from the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

Hospitals, SNFs and other providers billing Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for inpatient services they provide to PACE-eligible Medicare patients need to make sure your billing staff knows how CMS handles payment for Medicare patients disenrolling from PACE and condition codes and value code (VC) CMS requires to prevent claims denials.


July 27, 2023: MLN MM13275: ESRD Prospective Payment System: October 2023 Update

Make sure your billing staff knows about billing J0889 for daprodustat and new ICD-10-CM codes for comorbidity payment adjustment and acute kidney injury.


Augst 3, 2032: MLN MM13299: HCPCS Codes Used for Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Consolidated Billing (CB) Enforcement: October 2023 Update

Make sure billing staff knows about updates to the lists of HCPCS codes that are subject to the CB provision of the SNF prospective payment system (PPS), and additions and deletions of certain chemotherapy, blood clotting factors, and therapies inclusion codes from the Medicare Part A SNF files.


August 10, 2023: MLN MM13289: Hospice Payments: FY 2024 Update

This article provides information about payment rates, inpatient and aggregate caps and wage index update effective October 1, 2023 for hospices and providers billing for hospice services.


August 16, 2023: SE19007 Revised: Activation of Validation Edits for Providers with Multiple Service Locations

This special edition MLN article was originally published on March 26, 2019 and recently updated for the fifth time on August 16th. CMS has added information about the practice location address screen for round 3 testing Substantive changes are in dark red on pages 3 and 4.


Effective August 1, 2023, CMS started deploying the systematic validation edits requirements in Section 170 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 1. MACs have been told to develop implementation plans to permanently turn on the Reason Codes and set them up to RTP claims that don’t exactly match.


CMS notes in the MLN article that they “expect that the almost 7-year time frame that the edits haven’t been active gave you ample time to validate your claims submission system and the PECOS information for your off-campus provider departments are exact matches.”


August 17, 2023: MLN MM13321: Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule & Laboratory Services Reasonable Charge Payment: Quarterly Update

Make sure your billing staff know about private payor data reporting (you must report data between January – March 2024), general specimen collection fee increase, and new and deleted HCPCS codes.


August 24, 2023: Transmittal 12222: Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System Updates for Fiscal Year 2024

This Change Request (CR) 13335 identifies changes that are required as part of the annual IPF PPS update and applicable to discharges occurring from October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

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.