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APCs Insider, June 20, 2014

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CMS releases July update to Medicare Physician Fee Schedule database 
On June 6, CMS released a change request regarding payment files issued to contractors based on the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. This change request amends those payment files. This Recurring Update Notification applies to the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 23, Section 30.1. 
Effective date: July 1, 2014
Implementation date: July 7, 2014 
View Transmittal R2974CP.
View MLN Matters® article MM8773.
CMS awards recompetition procurement to First Coast
On June 6, CMS released a change request to announce the Jurisdiction N A/B Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) recompetition procurement was awarded to the incumbent contractor, First Coast Service Options, Inc. The MAC designation will change from J9 to JN. The current MAC workload numbers of 09101, 09201, 09102, 09202, and 09302 will remain the same. 
Effective date: February 14, 2014
Implementation date: July 8, 2014 
View Transmittal R1390OTN.
Transcript posted for lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography 
On June 12, CMS posted transcripts and meeting minutes from an April 30 meeting regarding lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography. 
View the notice
CMS changes laboratory NCD software 
On June 13, CMS released a change request stating the laboratory NCD edit software will be updated to continue processing ICD-9 diagnosis codes. The "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014", enacted April 1, said ICD-10 will not be adopted prior to October 1, 2015.
Effective date: October 1, 2014
Implementation date: October 6, 2014 
View Transmittal R2976CP.

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