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October 2022 Monthly Medicare Transmittals, MLN Articles & Coverage Update

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Medicare MLN Articles & Transmittals

Inpatient Prospective Payment System Hospitals in the 9th Circuit: Updated Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020 Supplemental Security Income Medicare Beneficiary Data
  • MLN Release Date: September 29, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: Data for the Ninth Circuit’s jurisdiction has been updated based on Supreme Court decision in Azar v. Empire Health Foundation. This includes hospitals in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Data for all other hospitals is unchanged.
  • MLN MM12906: (link)
New Fiscal Intermediary Shared System Edit to Validate Attending Provider NPI
  • MLN Release Date: October 6, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: Make sure your billing staff knows about a new consistency edit that validates the attending provider NPI and that organizational NPIs cannot be used in place of individual NPIs, unless exception conditions are met.
  • MLN MM12889: (link)
Medicare Deductible, Coinsurance & Premium Rates: Calendar Year 2023 Update
  • MLN Release Date: October 13, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: CMS advises to make sure your billing staff know about the calendar year 2023 rate changes. I would also encourage you to make sure your case management and social services staff are aware of this information too.
  • MLN MM12903: (link)

Revised Medicare MLN Articles & Transmittals

Changes to Beneficiary Coinsurance for Additional Procedures Furnished During the Same Clinical Encounter As Certain Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests
  • MLN Release Date: April 29, 2022 – Revised September 29, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: The article was revised to add the Other Amount Indicator “B2” for co-insurance reduction amount to the claim, modify edits that affects the co-insurance reduction amount, and report the applied coinsurance amounts in the c-insurance field.
  • MLN MM12656: (link)
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) and Other Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determinations (NCDs)-January 2023 Update – 2 of 2
  • MLN Release Date: August 12, 2022 – Revised October 5, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: This article was revised to reflect a revised Change Request (CR) 12842. The update for NCD 150.3 (Bone Mineral Density Studies) was removed due to ICD-10 diagnosis codes that were added in error and restore ICD-10 diagnosis C91.92 that was removed in error to NCD 110.23 (Stem Cell Transplantation).
  • MLN MM12842: (link)
October 2022 Update of the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System
  • Transmittal Release Date: Transmittal 11610 released September 23, 2022 is being rescinded and replaced by Transmittal 11661 dated October 23, 2022
  • What You Need to Know: This transmittal has been updated to add HCPCS J1952 to table 2, attachment A, and correct the associated number of new codes identified in the policy section B.3.a from 10 to 11.
  • Transmittal 11661: (link)

Coverage Updates

Cochlear Implantation Final Decision Memo (CAG-00107R)

On September 26, 2022, CMS published a final decision memo (link) for NCD 50.3 Cochlear Implantation. CMS has concluded there is sufficient evidence for cochlear implantation be “be covered for treatment of bilateral pre- or post-linguistic, sensorineural, moderate-to-profound hearing loss in individuals who demonstrate limited benefit from amplification. Limited benefit from amplification is defined by test scores of less than or equal to 60% correct in the best-aided listening condition on recorded tests of open-set sentence cognition.” Patient’s must also meet specific criteria detailed in the Decision Memo.

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.