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09/07/21

NCCI Edits Version 27.3 Effective October 1, 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits, Version 27.3, for dates of service October 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021. These NCCI edits are not only used by traditional Medicare, but also by many state Medicaid and Managed Medicaid plans as well as many commercial insurance carriers and workers compensation insurance carriers. As Gawenda Seminars & Consulting (GSC) has done every quarter for their Gold Members, GSC has published their “cheat sheet” for the use of modifier 59 in outpatient therapy under NCCI edit Version 27.3. This “cheat sheet” includes

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02/22/21

NCCI Edit Changes for Aetna, Cigna and Humana

Aetna, Cigna and Humana have all announced changes to their respective policies related to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) procedure-to-procedure (PTP) edits and the payment of a CPT code(s) that has had modifier 59 appended to it on the claim form. These positive changes would not have occurred without the advocacy of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Aetna Aetna has informed Cigna According to Humana Humana has informed I hope you found this article and information helpful. Thank you for being a Gold Member!

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12/11/20

NCCI Edits and Version 27.0

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Procedure-to-Procedure (PTP) edits Version 27.0 that will be effective with dates of service January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021. CMS has deleted several of the NCCI PTP edits that they had reinstated for dates of service October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 that had a negative impact on outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services. NCCI PTP edits that CMS deleted that have an impact on outpatient therapy services include: In addition, CMS deleted the following NCCI PTP edits that impacted therapy

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09/29/20

NCCI Edits: Questions and Answers

On June 15, 2020, I published an article where I answered some of the more common questions I receive regarding the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) procedure-to-procedure (PTP) edits as they pertain to outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services. That article led to additional questions that I will provide answers to in this article. QuestionDoes the Medicare program pay for CPT code 97750 (Physical performance test or measurement) on the same day as a physical therapy or occupational therapy evaluation or reevaluation? Answer QuestionDoes the Medicare program pay for CPT code 97755 (Assistive technology assessment) on the same day

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09/08/20

CMS Reinstates Therapy NCCI Edits

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reinstated many of the procedure-to-procedure (PTP) edits, known more commonly as the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits, for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy outpatient therapy services that they had deleted earlier this year. The reinstated NCCI edits were published by CMS on September 1, 2020 and become effective with dates of service beginning on October 1, 2020. CPT codes affected include, but are not limited to, the following: Biofeedback codes (CPT codes 90912 and 90913) Speech therapy evaluations (CPT codes 92521-92524) Speech therapy treatment and treatment of dysphagia

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