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APCs Insider, November 8, 2013

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Changes to the Laboratory National Coverage Determination (NCD) software for ICD-10 codes

The Laboratory NCD Edit software will be updated to accommodate the processing of ICD-10 diagnosis codes. This is a follow-up to CR8202/Transmittal 1174, dated February 1, 2013, which extended the ICD-9 codes to the ICD-10 implementation date of October 1, 2014.

Effective date: October 1, 2014
Implementation date: January 6, 2014
View Transmittal R2806CP.
Braille and Large Print Medicare Summary Notices

On November 1, CMS issued a transmittal stating that it has undertaken a redesign of the Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) in order to make this document current and consistent with all applicable statutes and laws, and to render it more easily and widely understood by the beneficiary population that it serves. Some CMS beneficiaries prefer to receive their MSNs in Braille and large print. CMS is asking for contractor input on the best approach to implementing the production of these non-standard MSNs. Please note that the alternative MSNs will still be produced in black and white only. At this time, CMS is only seeking an analysis of the proposed project, with the contractors’ feedback as to the best approach given the MAC environment.

View Transmittal R1302OTN.

CMS issues more guidance on 2-midnights benchmark and patient status reviews

CMS will conduct post-payment patient status reviews for claims with dates of admission October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014.

View a summary of the new guidance
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