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NCCI Edits Version 29.0

The National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Edits, Version 29.0, become effective with dates of service January 1, 2023 – March 31, 2023. NCCI edits are used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to combat abusive and fraudulent billing practices. In addition, many state Medicaid programs, workers compensation carriers and commercial insurance carriers also utilize NCCI edits when processing outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy claims. Gawenda Seminars & Consulting provides a NCCI Edit Therapy Specific reference sheet for our members that enable the members to know when modifier 59 is and is not required to be appended

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When Should I Use the New PTA and OTA Modifiers

Beginning with dates of service on and after January 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will require providers of outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy services to append a modifier to CPT code(s) on the claim form when that service was provided in whole or in part by a physical therapist assistant (PTA) or an occupational therapy assistant (OTA). Click HERE to access my answers to some of the more frequently asked questions on the new PTA and OTA modifiers. In this article, I will provide 14 scenarios and the answer how to correctly bill for

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CMS Releases Proposed Rule for Calendar Year 2020

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2020 for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). This proposed rule does impact providers of outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services in all outpatient therapy settings that does include private practices, hospital outpatient departments (including Medicare beneficiaries under Observation status and in the Emergency Department and do not get admitted to the hospital), skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation agencies, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities and home health agencies providing outpatient therapy in a Medicare beneficiaries home. Highlights of

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Application of Modifier 59 Changing on July 1st

For dates of service on and after July 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as UnitedHealthcare (UHC), is changing which CPT code Modifier 59 must be appended to on the claim form in order for both the Column 1 and Column 2 CPT codes to be paid when provided on the same date of service. If you missed my webinar last week on NCCI edits and Modifier 59, click HERE to see the complete webinar description, objectives and to order the recorded version with handouts and Gawenda Seminars & Consulting NCCI edit reference sheet.

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Examples of When to Use Modifier XE

Currently, providers can use the -59 modifier to indicate that a code represents a service that is separate and distinct from another service with which it would usually be considered to be bundled. The primary issue associated with the -59 modifier is that it is defined for use in a wide variety of circumstances, such as a use to identify different encounters, different anatomic sites, and distinct services. Usage to identify a separate encounter is infrequent and usually correct; usage to define a separate anatomic site is less common and problematic; usage to define a distinct service is common and

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