Category: Billing

Special requirements for billing urology supplies & updated DMEPOS fee schedule

Source: The Bottom Line Medicare covers urinary catheters and external urinary collection devices when they are used to drain or collect urine for a resident with permanent urinary incontinence or permanent urinary retention. According to CMS, permanent urinary retention occurs when the condition is not expected to be medically or surgically corrected within three months. […]

MedPAC publishes resource for SNFs: Payment basics

By The Bottom Line. MedPAC released their Payment Basics for SNFs 2018 report, which provides an overview of Medicare coverage and reimbursement. You can download this resource from The Billers’ Association resource library. The report includes a map explaining how reimbursement is calculated under the current prospective payment system, Medicare daily base rates for FY19, […]

SNFs: Two jurisdictions announce new Targeted Probe and Educate topic

From The Bottom Line The MACs for the J5 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska) and J8 (Indiana and Michigan) jurisdictions (WPS Government Health Administrators) announced that CMS has authorized them to conduct a Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) review of outpatient therapy (CPT code 97110). The announcement was made on October 15 on the WPS […]

SNFs: Are you billing Occurrence Code 22 correctly?

By The Bottom Line. In an MLN Matters article issued on October 5, 2018, CMS described systems changes they made to ensure SNFs and swing beds bill Occurrence Code 22 correctly. It also ensures the same benefit period logic used for SNF claims is used for swing bed claims. As a result of these changes, […]

CGS to hold webinar about RAPs

By Home Health Line. Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) CGS is holding a webinar 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST Nov. 15 to discuss a transmittal that provides instructions to MACs about monitoring home health agencies’ misuse of requests for anticipated payment (RAPs). “We will discuss the implications to you as a home health provider,” CGS’ […]

Tip: Audits and the False Claims Act’s far reach

If the results of an internal audit determine that Medicare was billed inappropriately, the provider is in potential violation of the False Claims Act, which describes a violator as any entity or person that causes the federal government to make payments for goods or services that are a) not provided, b) provided contrary to federal […]

CMS releases updates to billing for flu vaccine

by The Bottom Line Flu season is August to April. Make sure you’re prepared to start billing for the influenza virus vaccine by staying up to date on the latest code and payment allowance updates. So far, CMS has released the following two notices: 1. Payment allowances for the influenza virus vaccine are updated on […]

Resources for a smooth transition to PDPM

Brought to you by Biller’s Association for Long-Term Care. As SNF and nursing home providers familiarize themselves with CMS’ new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), The Bottom Line is here to keep you educated and up to date on the latest resources, guidance, and best practices as they are made available. Here are this week’s […]

Two strategic responses to bundled payment models

Source: HealthLeaders Media Medicare’s bundled payment programs are profoundly impacting the way acute-care providers are working with their post-acute care partners. Hospitals and health systems participating in federal hip and knee replacement bundles are adopting two post-acute care strategies: limiting referrals to skilled nursing facilities and integrating with SNFs. For hospitals, establishing strong relationships with […]