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September 2022 Medicare Compliance, COVID-19 and Other Updates

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Compliance Updates

MLN Booklet: Chronic Care Management (CCM) Services

This MLN booklet (link) was updated this month. Changes made to this booklet are highlighted in dark red font and include:

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

COVID-19 Updates

September 12, 2022: COVID-19 Vaccines Providing Protection from Omicron Variant Available at No Cost

CMS published a special edition MLN Connects (link) announcing that “people with Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage, private insurance coverage, or no health coverage can get COVID-19 vaccines, including the updated Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, at no cost, for as long as the federal government continues purchasing and distributing these COVID-19 vaccines.”

You will also find information in the newsletter about the four new CPT codes effective August 31, 2022, that CMS has issued for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Bivalent vaccines.

September 13, 2022: CDC Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call: Recommendations for Bivalent COVID-19 Booster

The CDC held a COCA call (link) to discuss their new guidance on bivalent COVID-19 booster doses for people ages 12 years and older, included those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. In the overview of the call the CDC noted that “Updated COVID-19 vaccines add an Omicron BA.4/5 spike protein component to the previous monovalent composition. These bivalent booster doses help restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination by targeting more transmissible and immune-evading variants. These boosters also broaden the spectrum of variants that the immune system is ready to respond to.” A recording of the call, slides and transcript are now available on this CDC webpage.

September 20, 2022: CDC COCA Call: Evaluating and Supporting Patients Presenting with Cardiovascular Symptoms Following COVID

In the “Overview” section on the CDC webpage (link), the CDC notes that of all of the post-COVID conditions (PCC) that people experience “cardiovascular symptoms and complications are among the most common and debilitating.” Presenters during this call outlined “the recommended clinical approach to identifying and managing cardiovascular complications in these patients.” A recording of the call and slides are now available.

Other Updates

National Correct Coding Initiative: October Quarterly Update

In the Thursday, September 15, 2022 edition of MLN Connects (link), CMS encourages you to get the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) fourth quarter edit files, effective October 1, 2022 and provides links to the Procedure-to-Procedure Edits, Medically Unlikely Edits, and Add-on Code Edits webpages.

CMS Resources by Language

Did you know that there is a collection of CMS resources categorized by language? This CMS webpage (link) was last modified on September 13th and includes resources in 18 languages “to help people make informed healthcare decisions and be active partners in their healthcare and the healthcare of their families.” These resources can be downloaded or ordered at no cost. A link to additional Medicare resources in 23 languages can also be found on this webpage. .

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.