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Medicare Insider, March 18, 2014

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Modifying the Daily Common Working File (CWF) to Medicare Beneficiary Database (MBD) File to Include Diagnosis Codes on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) 270/271 Transactions
On March 6, CMS issued a change request that instructs the CWF to send up to 25 iterations of diagnosis codes associated with MSP no-fault, liability, and workers' compensation records for inclusion on the HETS 271 response transaction.
 
Effective date: October 1, 2014
Implementation date: October 6, 2014
 
View Transmittal R1356OTN.
 
View MLN Matters article MM8456.
 
Update to Pub. 100-01, Chapter 7 for Language-Only Changes for ICD-10
On March 7, CMS issued a transmittal that updates Chapter 7 of Pub 100-01 for language-only changes for ICD-10, and deletes an outdated example in section 40.3.10 that uses ICD-9 codes. Example 1 is deleted and Example 2 is renumbered to become Example 1. There are no changes in procedure.

View Transmittal R83GI.
 
Supplemental Medical Review Contractor
On March 7, CMS issued a change request to add the Supplemental Medical Review contractor to Chapter 1 of Pub 100-08.
Effective date: April 8, 2014
Implementation date: April 8, 2014
 
 
April 2014 Update of the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System
On March 7, CMS issued a recurring update notification that describes changes to billing instructions for various payment policies implemented in the April 2014 ASC payment system update. The recurring update notification applies to Chapter 14, Section 10. As appropriate, this notification also includes updates to HCPCS.
 
Effective date: April 1, 2014
Implementation date: April 7, 2014
 
 
 
April 2014 Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) Specifications Version 15.1
On March 7, CMS issued a notification that provides the I/OCE instructions and specifications that will be utilized under the OPPS and non-OPPS. The instructions and specification are for hospital outpatient departments, community mental health centers, all non-OPPS providers, and for limited services when provided in a home health agency not under the Home Health Prospective Payment System or to a hospice patient for the treatment of a non-terminal illness.
 
Effective date: April 1, 2014
Implementation date: April 7, 2014
 
 
 
Pub 100-04, Language Only Update for Chapters Five and Six for Conversion to ICD-10
On March 7, CMS issued a change request that contains language-only changes for updating ICD-10 and ASC X12 language in Chapters 5 and 6 of Pub. 100-04. There are no new instructions or changes in procedure.
 
 
Update to Pub. 100-04, Chapter 13 to Provide Language-Only Changes for Updating ICD-10 and ASC X12
On March 7, CMS issued a change request that contains language-only changes for updating ICD-10 and ASC X12 language in Pub. 100-04, Chapter 13. There are no new instructions or changes in procedure.
 
 
Update to Pub. 100-04, Chapter 10 to Provide Language-Only Changes for Updating ICD-10 and ASC X12
On March 7, CMS issued a change request that contains language-only changes for updating ICD-10 and ASC X12 language in Pub 100-04, Chapter 10. There are no new instructions or changes in procedure.
 
 
Indirect Payment Procedure (IPP) - Payment to Entities that Provide Coverage Complementary to Medicare Part B
On March 7, CMS issued a change request to update the manual instructions regarding indirect payment procedure policy (in the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Pub. 100-04, Chapter 1, Section 30.2.8.3).
 
Effective date: June 6, 2014
Implementation date: June 6, 2014
 
 
 
Update to Pub. 100-04, Chapter 19 to Provide Language-Only Changes for ICD-10 and ASC X12
On March 7, CMS issued a change request that contains language-only changes for updating ICD-10 and ASC X12 language in Pub 100-04, Chapter 19. There are no new instructions or changes in procedure.
 
 
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10)
Testing with Providers through the Common Edits and Enhancements
Module (CEM) and Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI)
On March 7, CMS issued a change request to instruct Medicare Administrative Contractors to implement an official ICD-10 Testing Week with trading partners using the CEM and CEDI, and to solicit ideas on how else ICD-10 testing could be accomplished.
 
Effective date: December 3, 2013
Implementation date: March 3, 2014
 
 
 
State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix M revisions for Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID)
 
On March 7, CMS issued a transmittal that outlines revisions for ICF/IID. The State Operations Manual Appendix M-Guidance to Surveyors: Hospice will be revised to reflect the current ICF/IID nomenclature.
 
Effective date: March 7, 2014
Implementation date: March 7, 2014
 
 
April 2014 Update of the Hospital OPPS System
On March 11, CMS issued a recurring update notification that describes changes to and billing instruction for various payment policies implemented in the April 2014 OPPS update. The April 2014 I/OCE and OPPS Pricer will reflect the HCPCS, Ambulatory Payment Classification, HCPCS Modifier, and Revenue Code additions, changes, and deletions identified in this change request.
 
Effective date: April 1, 2014
Implementation date: April 7, 2014
 
 
 
April Quarterly Update for 2014 Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Fee Schedule
On March 11, CMS issued a transmittal stating that Transmittal 2893, dated February 28, 2014, is being rescinded and replaced by Transmittal 2902, dated March 11, 2014. The recurring update notification applies to Chapter 23, section 60 of Pub. 100-04 Medicare Claims Processing Manual.
 
Effective date: April 1, 2014
Implementation date: April 7, 2014
 
 
 
Reviewing Hospital Claims for Patient Status: Update
On March 12, CMS updated the document “Reviewing Hospital Claims for Patient Status: Admissions On or After October 1, 2013”. All changes and clarifications are in red italics.
 
 
Questions and Answers Related to Patient Status Reviews: Update
On March 12, CMS updated the document “Questions and Answers Relating to Patient Status Reviews”. All changes and clarifications are in red italics.  
 
 
For Information Only: Public Comments on the Report of the National
Background Check Program (NBCP) Long-Term Care Criminal Convictions
(LTCCC) Work Group
CMS convened a workgroup in response to the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) recommendation that CMS develop standards to define direct patient access, as well as convictions that should disqualify individuals from direct access employment with LTC facilities and providers. The workgroup also developed standards to define the conviction types that should be considered for mitigation or rehabilitation, and the time period for which each conviction should disqualify individuals from employment.
 



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