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June 2022 Medicare Transmittals and Proposed Rules

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

June 2022 Medicare Transmittals and Proposed Rules

International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) and Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determinations (NCDs)—July 2022
  • Article Release Date: May 9, 2022 – Revised June 21, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: This article details information about newly available codes, separate NCD coding revisions and coding feedback. It was updated on June 21, 2022, to reflect a revised Change Request (CR) 12705. The substance of the article did not change. NCDs updated includes:
    • NCD 20.31 Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) Programs,
    • NCD 20.31.1 Pritikin Program,
    • NCD 20.31.2 Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease,
    • NCD 20.31.3 ICR Benson-Henry Program,
    • NCS 90.2 Next Generation Sequencing (NGS),
    • NCD 160.18 Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS),
    • NCD 180.1 Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), and
    • NCD 270.3 Blood Derived Products for Chronic Non-healing Wounds
  • MLN MM12705: (link)
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) and Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determinations (NCDs)—July 2021 Update
  • Article Release Date: May 18, 2021 – 2nd Revision June 22, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: This MLN was revised to reflect CR 12124 which changed the business requirements for NCD 90.2, Next Generation Sequencing. This change resulted in a new spreadsheet for this NCD by retaining all ICD-10 Not Otherwise Classified (NOC) diagnosis codes that had been proposed for deletion effective July 1, 2022. CMS advised that “Although we’re not moving forward with deleting the aforementioned ICD-10 NOC diagnosis codes from NCD 90.2, we continue to strongly encourage providers and laboratories to make sure they provide the best possible and most specific code on the claim in accordance with the implementation of ICD-10 in 2015. We’ll be monitoring these laboratory claims and may take future action to reinstate removal of these ICD-10 NOC codes.”
  • MLN MM12124: (link)
July 2022 Update of the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System
  • Article Release Date: June 9, 2022 – Revised June 24, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: This article was revised to remove two HCPCS codes from table 3 of the Change Request 12773 reducing the number of new codes from 16 to 14.
  • MLN MM12773: ((link)

Medicare Proposed Rules

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, CMS published a Special Edition MLN Connects ((link) spotlighting the release of two Calendar Year (CY) 2023 proposed rules:

  • CY 2023 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rule Update and Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements Proposed Rule (CMS-176-P), and
  • ESRD Facilities: CY 2023 Proposed Rule.

The MLN connects includes links to Fact Sheets highlighting key provisions in each proposed rule. CMS is accepting comments through August 16, 2022, for the Home Health Proposed Rule and August 22, 2022, for the ESRD Facilities proposed rule.

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.