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Influenza Vaccine Payment Allowances - Annual Update for 2016-2017 Season
Each year, CMS updates the Medicare Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
(HCPCS) and Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) codes and payment rates for personal influenza (flu) and pneumococcal vaccines. Payment allowance limits for such vaccines are 95 percent of the Average Wholesale Price (AWP), except where the vaccine is furnished in a hospital outpatient department, Rural Health Clinic (RHC), or Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). In these cases, the payment for the vaccine is based on reasonable cost.
Annual Part B deductible and coinsurance amounts do not apply. All physicians, non-
physician practitioners and suppliers who administer the influenza virus vaccination and the pneumococcal vaccination must take assignment on the claim for the vaccine.
Medicare Part B has released the HCPCS and CPT codes effective for services provided on August 1, 2016, through those provided on July 31, 2017; however, the allowances have not yet been released, with the exception of Q2039 (Flu Vaccine Adult - Not Otherwise Classified: Payment allowance is to be determined by the local claims
processing contractor ---Palmetto GBA).
Change Request (CR) 9758 informs MACs about the payment allowances for seasonal influenza virus vaccines. These payment allowances are updated on August 1 of each year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will post the payment allowances for influenza vaccines that are approved after the release of CR9758. You'll want to ensure that your billing staffs are aware that the payment allowances are being updated.
Documenting Specific Services in the Medical Record
Providers should document specific services in the medical record. All services require the basic information in the medical record.
Can a service be billed as 'incident to' if the auxiliary staff performing the service, where there is no face-to-face encounter with the billing provider, changes a patient's treatment plan based on protocol or the results of laboratory tests?
No. This does not mean that each occasion of an incidental service performed by a nonphysician practitioner must always be the occasion of a service actually rendered by the physician. It does mean that there must have been a direct, personal, professional service furnished by the physician to initiate the course of treatment of which the service being performed by the nonphysician practitioner is an incidental part, and there must be subsequent services by the physician of a frequency that reflects the physician's continuing active participation in and management of the course of treatment.
Documenting the Patient's Progress in the Medical Record
Always document in the medical record the patient's progress. Document the patient's response to treatment. Document the change (if any) in the diagnosis or treatment and always document the patient's non-compliance (if applicable).
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E/M Tip: Review of Systems - "All others Negative"
It is acceptable to use the statement 'All others Negative' and 'No other complaints' as long as the pertinent systems/symptoms/problems were addressed and documented.
E/M Tip: General Principles
There are general principles of medical record documentation that are applicable to all types of medical and surgical services in all settings. While E/M services vary in several ways, such as the nature and amount of physician work required, general principles help ensure that medical record documentation for all E/M services is appropriate
E/M Tip: Acuity Caveat (Examination)
The acuity caveat (unable to obtain) does not apply to the Examination component; it only applies to the History component.