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December & Early January 2022 Medicare Transmittals and Coverage Updates

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Medicare MLN Articles & Transmittals – Recurring Updates

Addition of the QW Modifier to Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Code 86328
  • Article Release Date: December 10, 2021
  • What You Need to Know: You will find information about the addition of the QW modifier to HCPCS 86328, the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) that the FDA can issue during Public Health Emergencies (PHEs), and the first EUA issued to detect COVID-19 antibodies for use in patient care.
  • MLN MM12557: (link)
January 2022 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)
  • Article Release Date: December 13, 2021
  • What You Need to Know: This article provides information about new COVID-19 CPT vaccine and administration codes, OPPS updates for January 2022 and new drugs, biologicals, and radiopharmaceuticals.
  • MLN MM12552: (link)
Calendar Year (CY) 2022 Annual Update for Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Laboratory Services Subject to Reasonable Charge Payment
  • Article Release Date: December 13, 2021
  • What You Need to Know: You will find instructions for the CY 2022 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS), mapping for new codes for clinical laboratory tests, and updates for laboratory costs subject to the reasonable charge payment.
  • MLN MM12558: (link)
January 2022 Update of the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System
  • Article Release Date: December 16, 2021
  • What You Need to Know: You will find information about updates to the ASC payment system in January 2022, payment offsets for HCPCS codes C1832 and C1833, and changes to the ASC Covered Procedure List Policy for CY 2022.
  • MLN MM12553: (link)
Changes to the Laboratory National Coverage Determination (NCD) Edit Software for April 2022
  • Article Release Date: December 22, 2021
  • What You Need to Know: This article alerts providers that April 2022 changes to the NCD Edit Software is available.
  • MLN MM12575: (link)

Revised Medicare MLN Articles & Transmittals

Claims Processing Instructions for the New Pneumococcal 15-valent Conjugate Vaccine Code 90671 and Pneumococcal 20-valent Conjugate Vaccine Code 90677
  • Article Release Date: Initial article November 1, 2021– Revised December 15, 2021
  • What You Need to Know: This article has been revised to include guidance about the Pneumococcal 15-valent Conjugate vaccine code 90671 that became effective for dates of service on or after July 16, 2021. You can read more about the different types of available pneumococcal vaccines in a related MMP article (link).
  • MLN MM12439: (link)

Medicare Coverage Updates

Transvenous (Catheter) Pulmonary Embolectomy National Coverage Determination (NCD) Section 240.6
  • Article Release Date: December 20, 2021
  • What You Need to Know: CMS has removed the NCD for Transvenous Pulmonary Embolectomy (TPE) and in the absence of an NCD, your MAC will make coverage determinations for this procedure.
  • MLN MM12537: (link)
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.

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