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May 2021 Medicare Coverage Updates and Education Resources

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Medicare Coverage Updates

May 18, 2021: CMS Initiates National Coverage Analysis for Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT)
  • Coverage Analysis Issue: The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently published an updated recommendation for certain persons at high risk for lung cancer based on age and smoking history for screening for lung cancer with LDCT.
  • CMS Actions: CMS received a complete, formal request to reconsider the National Coverage Determination 210.14 and are soliciting public comment. The public comment period ends on June 17, 2021.
  • Resources
    • March 9, 2021 USPSTF Lung Cancer Screening Recommendation Statement: (link)
    • Coverage Analysis (CAG-00439R): (link)
    • NCD 210.14: (link)
National Coverage Determination (NCD) Removal
  • Article Release Date: May 24, 2021
  • What You Need to Know: 6 NCDs are being removed from the NCD Manual based on rulemaking in the Calendar Year 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
    • NCD 20.5 Extracorporeal Immunoadsorption (ECI) Using Protein A Columns,
    • NCD 20.5 Extracorporeal Immunoadsorption (ECI) Using Protein A Columns,
    • NCD 100.9 Implantation of Gastrointestinal Reflux Devices,
    • NCD 110.19 Abarelix for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer,
    • NCD 220.2.1 Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, and
    • NCD 220.6.16 FDG PET for Inflammation and Infection.
  • MLN MM12254: (link)
National Coverage Determination (NCD 110.24) Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell Therapy
  • Article Release Date: May 24, 2021
  • What You Need to Know: Effective for claims with dates of service on or after August 7, 2019, CMS covers autologous treatment for cancer with T-cells expressing at least 1 CAR when administered at healthcare facilities:
  • MLN MM12177: (link)
National Coverage Determination (NCD) 210.3 – Screening for Colorectal Cancer (CRC) – Blood-Based Biomarker Tests
  • Article Release Date: May 26, 2021
  • What You Need to Know: Effective January 19, 2021, CMS determined that the blood-based biomarker test is an appropriate CRC screening test once every three years for Medicare patients when performed in a CLIA certified lab, ordered by a treating physician, and the patient is:
    • Aged 50-85 years, and
    • Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of colorectal disease including but not limited to lower gastrointestinal pain, blood in stool, positive guaiac fecal occult blood test, or fecal immunochemical test); and, • At average risk of developing CRC (no personal history of adenomatous polyps, or inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis; no family history of CRCs or adenomatous polyps, familial adenomatous polyposis, or hereditary nonpolyposis CRC).
  • MLN MM12280: (link)

Medicare Educational Resources

Revised MLN Booklet: Behavioral Health Integration Services

CMS issued a revised version of this MLN Booklet (link) to add CY 2021 MPFS Final Rule CMS-1734-F Updates and add new HCPCS code G2214 (Initial or subsequent psychiatric collaborative care management, first 30 minutes in a month of behavioral health care manager activities, in consultation with a psychiatric consultant, and directed by the treating physician or other qualified health care professional).

Revised MLN Booklet: Medicare Mental Health

CMS issued a revised version of this MLN Booklet (link) to include a new outpatient psychiatric services medical records checklist, an acute care hospital section, and CPT codes updates and additions.

Revised MLN Fact Sheet: Complying with Medicare Signature Requirements

CMS issued a revised version of this MLN Fact Sheet (link) to include information about signing documentation written by a medical student.

Revised MLN Booklet: Medicare Diabetes Prevention & Diabetes Self-Management Training

CMS issued a revised version of this MLN Booklet (link) to add information about flexibilities extended in the March 1, 2020, COVID-19 Interim Final Rule and the CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule to all patients receiving services as of March 31, 2020. They also spotlight that in January 2020, the American Association of Diabetes Educator (AADE) changed their name to the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES).

National Osteoporosis Month

National Osteoporosis Month falls in May each year. Following is information CMS provided in their Thursday May 6th edition of MLN Connects:

“Medicare covers bone mass measurements, and your patients pay nothing if you accept assignment. During National Osteoporosis Month, talk to your Medicare patients about their risk factors and bone health.

More Information:

  • Medicare Preventive Services educational tool (link)
  • Preventive Services webpage (link)
  • CDC Osteoporosis webpage (link)
  • National Osteoporosis Foundation website (link)
  • Information for your patients on bone mass measurements” (link)
MLN Booklet: Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Services: Complying with Documentation Requirements

The Thursday May 13, 2021 edition of the CMS e-newsletter, MLN Connects (link), included the following information related to complying with Medicare billing requirements for outpatient rehabilitation therapy services:

“An Office of Inspector General report (link) found that payments for physical therapy services didn’t comply with Medicare billing requirements. Review the Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Services: Complying with Documentation Requirements (PDF) (link) booklet to help you bill correctly, reduce common errors, and avoid overpayments. CMS listed additional resources in the newsletter.

April 2021 MLN Fact Sheet: Medical Record Maintenance & Access Requirements

This MLN Fact Sheet (link) provides information on updated documentation maintenance and access requirements for billing services to Medicare patients. It also includes how long providers are to keep the documentation and who is responsible for providing access.

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.