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The week in Medicare updates

APCs Insider, May 22, 2015

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CMS releases July 2015 quarterly update for DMEPOS competitive bidding program
On May 8, CMS released a transmittal with the quarterly updates for the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program (CBP) files, in order to implement necessary changes to the HCPCS, ZIP code, single payment amount, and supplier files. These requirements provide specific instruction for implementing the DMEPOS CBP files. The recurring update notification applies to Chapter 23 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, section 100. 
Effective date: July 1, 2015
Implementation date: July 6, 2015 
View Transmittal R3256CP
View MLN Matters article MM9140.
 
CMS issues correction to multi-carrier system editing  
On May 8, CMS released a change request correcting edit 043H, which was incorrectly coded under Change Request 8806 (Transmittal 3103, issued November 13, 2014). This change applies to the Medicare Claims Processing Manual
Effective date: October 1, 2015
Implementation date: October 5, 2015 
View Transmittal R3255CP
View MLN Matters article MM9150.
 
CMS releases July 2015 quarterly HCPCS drug/biological code changes 
On May 8, CMS released a transmittal with the updated HCPCS code set for specific drug/biological HCPCS codes. As of July 2015, claims for compounded drugs shall be submitted using the compounded drug, not otherwise classified HCPCS code. This change request is also updating the Section 20.1.2 – Average Sales Price Payment Methodology in Chapter 17 of the Claims Processing Manual
Effective date: July 1, 2015
Implementation date: July 6, 2015 
View Transmittal R3254CP
View MLN Matters article MM9167.
  
CMS updates provider enrollment instructions  
On May 8, CMS released a change request to update existing provider enrollment instructions in Chapter 15 of the Medicare Program Integrity
Effective date: June 8, 2015
Implementation date: June 8, 2015 
View Transmittal R592PI.
 
CMS releases chronic care management frequently asked questions
On May 8, CMS released a MLN Matters special edition article to clarify Medicare’s requirement for 24/7 access by individuals furnishing chronic care management (CCM) services to the electronic care plan rather than the entire medical record. Also, CMS released a set of FAQs to address requests received from practitioners and providers for additional guidance in specific areas such as claims submission, intersection with transitional care management services, and the provision of CCM services in facility settings. 
View special edition MLN Matters article SE1516
View the new CCM FAQs
View the updated CCM fact sheet.
 
Podiatrist admits to defrauding almost $1 million from Medicare 
On May 13, the Office of Inspector General posted a video regarding a podiatrist from Missouri who admitted to defrauding almost $1 million from Medicare. 
View the video.



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