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May 2022 Coverage Updates, Education Resources, and COVID-19 Updates

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Coverage Updates

National Coverage Determination (NCD) 210.14 Reconsideration – Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT)
  • Article Release Date: May 3, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: This article details changes that have been made to NCD 210.14 including:
    • Lowering the minimum age for screening,
    • Removing the restriction on who can provide counseling and shared decision-making (SDM), and
    • Removing the requirement that facilities participate in a registry.
  • MLN MM12691: (link)
Proposed Decision Memo for Home Use of Oxygen (CAG-00296R3)

NCD 240.2 Home use of Oxygen was issued by CMS on September 27, 2021. On May 12, 2022 CMS issued a Proposed Decision Memo (link). CMS notes in the Decision Summary they are proposing to amend “the period of initial coverage for these patients from 120 days to 90 days, in order to align with the 90-day statutory time period.”

Medicare Educational Resources

MLN Booklet: Medicare Mental Health

This booklet (link)">link) explains Medicare-covered mental health and substance use services, eligible professionals, Medicare Advantage coverage, Medicare drug plan (Part D) coverage, medical record documentation and coding. March 2022 updates to this booklet includes updated information about telehealth services and new payment information specific to Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Physician Assistants (PAs), and Certified Nurse-Midwifes (CNMs).

MLN Fact Sheet Medical Record Maintenance & Access Requirements (MLN4840534)

This Fact Sheet (link) provides information on updated documentation maintenance and access requirements for billing services to Medicare patients. It also tells you how long to keep the documentation and who is responsible for providing access. CMS updated this Fact Sheet in April to add information on medical records to support home health referrals.

Biosimilars Curriculum: Resources for Teaching Your Students

CMS provided information about the FDA’s Biosimilar Curriculum Toolkit in the May 12, 2022 MLN Connects newsletter (link). This toolkit can be used to instruct students in medicine, nursing, physician assistant and pharmacy programs.

New Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) Outreach and Education Task Force PowerPoint

On May 4, 2022, the CERT Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Outreach and Education Task Force (link) posted a PowerPoint detailing the role of the MACs and the CERT Contractor in reducing the error rate.

COVID-19 Updates

April 29, 2022: Counterfeit At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

The FDA released a notice (link) indicating they are aware of counterfeit at-home over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 diagnostic tests being distributed or used in the United States and advises they should not be used or distributed. This notice provides information to help you determine if you have a counterfeit test. To date, the two products that they have identified as counterfeit are:

  • Counterfeit Flowflex COVID-19 Test Kits, and
  • Counterfeit iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits.
May 10, 2022: AHA and Others Urge Continuation of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE)

In a letter to HHS Secretary Becerra (link), the American Hospital Association along with several other organizations (i.e., AARP, American Diabetes Association, American Medical and Nurses Associations) urge the PHE be maintained “until we experience an extended period of greater stability and, guided by science and data, can safely unwind the resulting flexibilities.” A little over a week later, there were less than 60 days before the end of the current PHE. As the government has indicated they will provided at least 60 days’ notice prior to ending the PHE, it appears it will continue at least to October 2022.

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.