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June 2021 Medicare Educational Resources, COVID-19, and Other Medicare Updates

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Medicare Educational Resources

Revised MLN Fact Sheet: Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital

CMS issued a revised edition of the Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital MLN Fact Sheet (link). Specifically, the Fact Sheet includes information about how CMS calculates uncompensated care payments for FY 2021 and FY 2022.

Revised MLN Fact Sheet: Medicare Billing for Cardiac Device Credits

This revised Fact Sheet (link) includes the following two changes highlighted in dark red font in the text:

  • When a hospital gets a replaced device credit 50% or greater than the device’s cost, report the amount in the claim’s FD code value portion.
  • Beginning in 2020, Medicare applies a device offset cap to the Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) claims that require implantable devices and have significant device offset (greater than 30%) based on the FD value code’s listed credit amount.”
MLN Educational Tool: Medicare Preventive Services Revised

CMS updated this Education Tool (link) in May. Information available in this tool includes:

  • Link to National Coverage Determination (NCD) services webpage when applicable to a service,
  • HCPCS and CPT codes,
  • Prolonger Prevention Services information,
  • ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes,
  • Billing for telehealth during COVID-19,
  • Coverage Requirement,
  • Frequency Requirements,
  • Patient liability, and
  • Telehealth eligibility.

COVID-19 Updates

June 3, 2021: Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

The CDC developed this webpage (link) to help stop common myths and rumors such as:

  • The COVID-19 vaccine can make you be magnetic,
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will alter my DNA, or
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will make me sick with COVID-19.
June 9, 2021: Medicare to Increase Payment for Medicare Vaccination Administration in the Home

In a Special Edition MLN Connects, CMS announced additional payment for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to Medicare beneficiaries (link). A related infographic (link) was also updated to include this information.

June 17, 2021: CMS MLN Connects – Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Monoclonal Antibody Updates

CMS noted that on May 26, 2021, the FDA released an EUA for the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody product sotrovimab. Coinciding with the FDA release, CMS created new HCPCS codes also effective May 26th for sotrovimab. This drug can be administered in health care setting and the home. The following is an excerpt from the MLN Connects newsletter:


  • Long descriptor: Injection, sotrovimab, 500 mg
  • Short descriptor: Sotrovimab
  • Price: The government won’t provide this drug for free; visit the COVID-19 Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibodies webpage for pricing information (available soon)


  • Long Descriptor: Intravenous infusion, sotrovimab, includes infusion and post administration monitoring
  • Short Descriptor: Sotrovimab infusion
  • Price: $450.00 per infusion


  • Long Descriptor: Intravenous infusion, sotrovimab, includes infusion and post administration monitoring in the home or residence; this includes a beneficiary’s home that has been made provider-based to the hospital during the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Short Descriptor: Sotrovimab inf, home admin
  • Price: $750.00 per infusion

On June 3rd, the FDA released a revised EUA for Regnereon’s COVID-19 monoclonal antibody combination product casirivimab and imdevimab. Updates includes new dosing regimen and allows a new route of administration. “In response to this change, CMS created a new HCPCS code, effective June 3, and updated the short and long code descriptors. This information is detailed in the MLN Connects newsletter (link).

Other Medicare Updates

July 1, 2021: Interim Final Rule Banning Surprise Billing and Certain Out-of-Network Charges

HHS issued the interim final rule, “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing: Part 1,” that will restrict surprise billing for insured patients that receive emergency care, non-emergency care from out-of-network providers at their in-network facility, and air ambulance services from out-of-network providers. One way this helps patient, as noted in a Related CMS Fact Sheet (link), is that “if your health plan provides or covers any benefits for emergency services, this rule requires emergency services to be covered:

  • Without any prior authorization (meaning you no not need to get approval beforehand).
  • Regardless of whether a provider or facility is in-network.”

This rule will take effect on January 1, 2022. CMS is excepting written comments through 5 p.m. 60 days after the rule is displayed in the Federal Register. At the time of this article, the interim final rule had not been published in the Federal Register. You can learn more about the interim rule requirements in another CMS Fact Sheet (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.

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.