Corporate Compliance

Quarterly update: CMS issues lab/drug updates and more

Medicare Update for Physician Services, March 3, 2011

CMS updates waived tests

On February 11, CMS issued a transmittal to inform contractors of new waived tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988.

Effective date: April 1, 2011
Implementation date: April 4, 2011

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CMS updates list of CLIA edit codes

On February 11, CMS issued a transmittal to update the list of HCPCS codes subject to and excluded from the CLIA edits.

Effective date: January 1, 2011
Implementation date: April 4, 2011

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CMS updates lab travel allowance fees

On February 11, CMS issued a transmittal to revise the payment of travel allowances under the clinical laboratory fee schedule for CY 2011.

Effective date: January 1, 2011
Implementation date: March 14, 2011

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CMS issues drug/biological code update

On February 4, CMS issued a transmittal to remind contractors of the regular update to HCPCS codes for drugs/biologicals.

Effective date: April 1, 2011
Implementation date: April 4, 2011

View the transmittal.

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CMS updates MPFS database

On February 4, CMS issued a transmittal to update the MPFS data files. The update makes changes to some payment indicators and practice expense RVUs. CMS subsequently replaced this transmittal to make corrections.

Effective date: January 1, 2011
Implementation date: April 4, 2011

View the corrected transmittal.

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