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October 2022 Compliance Education, COVID-19, and Other Updates

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Compliance Education Updates

MLN Educational Tool: Medicare Preventive Services

This MLN tool (link) was updated in September. Updates include pneumococcal shot resources, thirteen new bone mass measurement codes and three new hepatitis B screening codes.

MLN Educational Tool: Medicare Payment Systems

This MLN tool (link) was also updated in September to include updates for FY 2023 for:

  • The Acute Care Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS),
  • The Hospice Payment System,
  • The Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS),
  • The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS),
  • The Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS), and
  • The Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS).
MLN Booklet: Chronic Care Management Services

This Booklet (link) has been updated. Substantive content changes are in dark red font and includes:

  • Beginning 2022, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) can bill Chronic Care Management (CCM) and Transitional Care Management (TCM) services for the same patient during the same period,
  • In 2021 CMS added five codes to report staff-provided Principal Care Management (PCM) services under physician supervision, and
  • Beginning 2022 CMS replaced G2058 with 99439.

COVID-19 Updates

October 13, 2022: Update to COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers

This CMS document (link) was updated on October 13th. The waiver related to the Director of Food and Nutrition Services was terminated on 10/1/2022 per the FY 2023 SNF Prospective Payment System Final Rule (1765-F).

Other Updates

September 23, 2022 Award of Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Contract for Jurisdiction M

On September 23rd, Palmetto GBA, the incumbent MAC for Jurisdiction M (JM) was again awarded the contract for the administration of Medicare Part A and Part B Fee-for-Service claims in the states of North and South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The claims volume in JM equates to more than $26.4 billion in Medicare benefit payments annually. Palmetto GBA will provide Medicare services to more than three hundred hospitals, approximately 75,000 physicians, and 3.2 million beneficiaries.

CMS Implements Temporary Increase in Payment under Medicare for Qualifying Biosimilars

Section 11403 of the Inflation Reduction Act provides for a temporary increase in the add-on payment for qualifying biosimilars from the current ASP plus an add-on of 6% of the reference biological product’s ASP to ASP plus 8% for a 5-year period. CMS noted in the Thursday, October 6th edition of MLN Matters (link) that “the goal of the temporary add-on payment for providers is to increase access to biosimilars, as well as to encourage competition between biosimilars and reference biological products, which may, over time, lower drug costs and lead to savings to beneficiaries and Medicare.”

If you are interested in learning more about biosimilars, there are two FDA resources:

  • FDA Biological Product Definition Fact Sheet (link), and
  • A Curriculum Materials for Health Care Degree Programs / Biosimilars (link). The “FDA’s curriculum materials are intended to help educate students in health care professional degree programs, for medicine, nursing, physician assistants, and pharmacy, as well as practicing professionals, to improve understanding of biosimilar and interchangeable biosimilar products and the regulatory approval pathway in the United States.”
CMS Request for Information (RFI): Developing a National Directory of Health Care Providers and Services

On October 7, 2022, CMS published an RFI in the Federal Register (link) seeking comments on the establishment of a National Directory of Healthcare Providers & Services (NDH). CMS believes an NDH would serve multiple purposes for the end user, for example:

  • Helping patients locate providers that meet their individual needs and preferences, and
  • A modern NDH “should enable healthcare providers, payers, and others involved in patient care to identify one another’s digital contact information also referred to as digital endpoints, for interoperable electronic data exchange.”

On October 7, 2022, CMS published an RFI in the Federal Register (link) seeking comments on the establishment of a National Directory of Healthcare Providers & Services (NDH). CMS believes an NDH would serve multiple purposes for the end user, for example:

    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.