Billing & Coding

AMA Creates New CPT Code 87426 for COVID-19 Antigen Testing

On June 24, the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) approved new CPT code 87426 to report COVID-19 antigen tests, which use immunofluorescent or immunochromatographic … [Read more...]

Billing & Coding

CMS Issues Reminders for Billing COVID-19 Specimen Collection & Symptom/Exposure Assessment

On June 18, CMS offered up some guidance on billing Medicare for COVID-19 symptom and exposure assessment and specimen collection performed on and after March 1, 2020: Use CPT code 99211 to bill … [Read more...]

SCORECARD

Scorecard: SVT False Billing Settlements Near the $3 Million Mark

Urine drug testing for purposes of medical treatment is deemed medically necessary under Medicare billing and payment rules. The same is not true for specimen validity tests (SVT), a quality control … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry ACLA Goes for Knockout Punch in PAMA Lawsuit  Case: Having survived a first-round setback, the American … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

Medicare Reimbursement: MIPS Bonuses Are Easy to Earn, IF You Can Get into the Program

On July 11, CMS announced the results of 2018, Year 2 under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Bottom line: The total number of clinicians participating declined from 1.06 million to … [Read more...]

WHISTLEBLOWERS

Billing & Coding: Myriad Genetics Pays $9.1 Million to Settle Claims of Falsely Billing Medicare for Hereditary Cancer Tests

In March 2018, Myriad Genetics got a piece of mail no lab provider ever wants to see in its inbox: an OIG subpoena asking for billing records in connection with "an investigation into possible false … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

Kentucky Pain Clinic Pays $127K to Settle Specimen Validity Test Billing Claims

Case: The Northern Kentucky Center for Pain Relief agreed to pay the OIG $126,799.90 to settle claims of billing Medicare for specimen validity testing (SVT). Explanation: Under Medicare rules, urine … [Read more...]

PAYER CONTRACTS

Three key items to negotiate for successful payer contracts

By Steve Selbst  bio The purpose of this article is to help you, as a provider, to focus on three key items to look for in payer contracts that will help you to get profitable contracts in … [Read more...]

CMS

PAMAgeddon: GAO Official Acknowledges Flaws in Lab Price Report as a Powerful Senator Enters the Scene

In November 2018, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a controversial report suggesting that the new PAMA system will result in billions of dollars worth of Medicare overpayments … [Read more...]

OUTPATIENT PAYMENTS

How to Determine Date of Service for Part B Billing of Outpatient Lab Tests

Date of service rules affect whether outpatient lab tests are part of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) bundled payment or can be billed separately under Part B. Last month, … [Read more...]


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