The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) for healthcare providers regarding Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
As COVID-19 spreads throughout the U.S., LTC providers face unique challenges to keep their high-risk residents safe. In an effort to fully understand the challenges SNFs are currently facing as a result of the virus, we’d like readers to complete a survey to tell us about their challenges.
In a recent report, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined that Medicare made Part B payments to ambulance suppliers for transportation services that were also included in Medicare Part A payments to Skilled Nursing Facilities, as part of consolidated billing requirements. CMS developed the Ambulance Fee Schedule and Medicare Transports (PDF) Booklet to help you bill correctly
On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) effective on or after January 1, 2020. The rule includes an 8% cut from Medicare payments for physical and occupational therapy services starting in 2021.
Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, sat down for a rare one-on-one interview with Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Sarah Varney.
They discussed her views on President Donald Trump’s plan for sustaining public health insurance programs, how the administration would respond if Obamacare is struck down by the courts in the future and her thoughts on how the latest “Medicare for All” proposals would affect innovation and access to care.
The HCPCS and CPT codes are updated annually. SNFs must stay on top of the annual updates as well as CMS program memorandums listing changes to HCPCS codes for consolidated billing purposes. For rehabilitation, the therapist should use the AMA’s CPT coding definitions. For other services and supplies, double-check the accuracy of codes for services and items provided by the vendor.
AMBR members have access to the new and improved members forum, where members can chat online about billing topics and find answers and advice as well as share best practices and experiences. Recently, members have discussed:
Billing for therapy on discharge day
Billing for the time therapists care plan
If you would like to join these conversations or start your own, sigin in here. The log in is the same as your AMBR log in credentials.