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July 2022 OPPS Code Updates

Published on 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

 | Billing 
 | Coding 
 | Quality 

Did You Know?

CMS published the July 2022 update of the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) (link). The purpose of the change request (CR) is to describe change to and billing instructions for various payment policies effective July 1, 2022.

Why it Matters?

In related MLN matters article MM12761 (link), CMS advises you to let your billing staff know about these changes, including:

  • New COVID-19 CPT vaccines and administration codes,
  • CPT proprietary laboratory analyses (PLA) coding changes,
  • Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory Tests (ADLTs) under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) changes,
  • New CPT Category III codes effective July 1, 2022,
  • Procedures Assigned to New Technology Ambulatory Payment Categories (APCs),
  • The addition of over the counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests being added to the Comprehensive APC (C-APC) Exclusion List,
  • Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceuticals updates,
  • Skin Substitutes changes, and
  • The CMS reminder that “The fact that a drug, device, procedure, or service is assigned a HCPCS code and a payment rate under the OPPS doesn’t imply coverage by the Medicare Program, but indicates only how the product, procedure, or service may be paid if covered by Medicare. MACs determine whether a drug, device, procedure, or other service meets all program requirements for coverage. For example, MACs determine that it’s reasonable and necessary to treat the patient’s condition and whether it’s excluded from payment.”

What Can You Do?

Share this information with the appropriate staff at your facility.

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.