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May 2024 Medicare Coverage, Compliance, and Other Updates

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Coverage Updates

April 30, 2024: New National Coverage Analysis (NCA)Tracking Sheet for Implanted Pulmonary Artery Pressure Sensor for Heart Failure Management (CAG-00466N)

CMS posted a National Coverage Analysis (NCA) Tracking Sheet regarding a request from Abbott to provide coverage for the CardioMEMS™ HF System. This device measures Pulmonary artery (PA) pressures by using a combination of an implantable PA pressure sensor and a remote hemodynamic monitoring system that is accessible by the physician. CMS is soliciting public comment until May 30, 2024 and has indicated a proposed Decision Memo due date of October 30, 2024.


May 2, 2024: CMS Statement on Proposed LCD for Skin Substitute Grafts/Cellular and Tissue-Based Products for Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Venous Leg Ulcers

CMS notes in the May 2, 2024 edition of MLN Connects that they are aware of the MACs having issued a collaborative proposed Skin Substitute Grafts/Cellular and Tissue-Based Products for the Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Venous Leg Ulcers Local Coverage Determination (LCD). CMS strongly encourages interested parties to provide comments during the public comment period that is open until June 8, 2024.  


May 10, 2024: MLN MM13596: ICD-10 & Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determinations: October 2024 Update

This article highlights new codes and recent coding changes related to the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) (NCD 90.2), Bariatric Surgery for Treatment of Co-Morbid Conditions Related to Morbid Obesity (NCD 100.1), and the Aprepitant for Chemotherapy-Induced Emesis (NCD 110.18).


May 13, 2024: MLN MM13604: National Coverage Determination 110.23: Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Make sure your billing staff knows about coverage for HSCT using bone marrow, peripheral blood or umbilical cord blood stem cell products for Medicare patients and all other indications for stem cell transplantation not otherwise specified.


Compliance Education Updates

May 2024: MLN Fact Sheet: Swing Bed Services

CMS has updated this fact sheet to include information about covered Critical Access Hospital (CAH) swing bed services.


Other Updates

May 9, 2024: CMS Publication – Part B Drug Payment Limits Overview

In the Thursday, May 9th edition of MLN Connects, CMS noted they have published a Part B Drug Payment Limits Overview document to explain the Average Sales Price (ASP) payment limit calculation and other Medicare Part B drug payment methodologies including Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC), Average Wholesale Price (AWP), Average Manufacturer Price (AMP), Widely Available Market Price (WAMP), and Contractor Pricing.  


May 9, 2024: Mental Health: It’s Important at Every Stage of Life

Also in the Thursday, May 9th edition of MLN Connects, CMS noted that mental and physical health are equally important components of overall health, and they provide links to information about appropriate preventive services and preventive services (i.e. Medicare & Mental Health Coverage) covered by Medicare.


May 21, 2024: CMS Launches New Option for Individuals to Report Potential Violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

CMS announced the launch of a new web resource to educate the public and promote patients’ access to emergency medical care to which they are entitled under federal law.


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.