Welcome to the February Wesgram. This edition contains important updates from CMS, Palmetto and other payers, as well as information about upcoming educational opportunities.
ICD-10 Latest News
Spring is coming! Here are some fun ICD-10 codes for Springtime.

R11.0    Too much corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day

T78.05XA Anaphylactic reaction due to tree nuts and seeds

J30.1 Allergic rhinitis due to pollen

Y93.66 Activity, soccer

F40.218 Fear of the Easter Bunny

W61.33XA Pecked by a chicken

T63.441A Toxic effect of bee sting
(information from Palmetto GBA)

Palmetto GBA will host an informative ' Get to Know KEPRO Your BFCC-QIO' webcast on March 14, 2018 at 10 am EST. KEPRO is the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) for over 30 states, including West Virginia. You will learn more about the services that they offer to Medicare beneficiaries and their families concerning beneficiary complaints, discharge appeals and immediate advocacy. 

New Medicare Cards Start Mailing in April 2018

CMS is removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe. The new Medicare cards will be mailed by geographical regions from April 2018 through April 2019.  West Virginia will be among the first states to receive the cards, with the mailing dates scheduled between April -June 2018. 

Learn more here--- here

Proper Use of Modifier 59

The Medicare National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) includes Procedure-to-Procedure (PTP) edits that define when two Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)/ Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes should not be reported together either in all situations or in most situations. For PTP edits that have a Correct Coding Modifier Indicator (CCMI) of “0,” the codes should never be reported together by the same provider for the same beneficiary on the same date of service. If they are reported on the same date of service, the column one code is eligible for payment and the column two code is denied. For PTP edits that have a CCMI of “1,” the codes may be reported together only in defined circumstances which are identified on the claim by the use of specific NCCI-associated modifiers.

One function of NCCI PTP edits is to prevent payment for codes that report overlapping services except in those instances where the services are “separate and distinct.” Modifier 59 is an important NCCI-associated modifier that is often used incorrectly.

The CPT Manual defines modifier 59 as follows:

Distinct Procedural Service: Under certain circumstances, it may be necessary to indicate that a procedure or service was distinct or independent from other non-E/M services performed on the same day. Modifier 59 is used to identify procedures/services, other than E/M services, that are not normally reported together, but are appropriate under the circumstances. Documentation must support a different session, different procedure or surgery, different site or organ system, separate incision/excision, separate lesion, or separate injury (or area of injury in extensive injuries) not ordinarily encountered or performed on the same day by the same individual.

However, when another already established modifier is appropriate, it should be used rather than modifier 59. Only if no more descriptive modifier is available, and the use of modifier 59 best explains the circumstances, should modifier 59 be used.
Note: Modifier 59 should not be appended to an E/M service. To report a separate and distinct E/M service with a non-E/M service performed on the same date, see modifier 25.”

Modifier 59 and other NCCI-associated modifiers should NOT be used to bypass a PTP edit unless the proper criteria for use of the modifier are met. Documentation in the medical record must satisfy the criteria required by any NCCI-associated modifier that is used.

For more information on the proper use of Modifier 59, click  here

Orders Issued by Text Messages Unacceptable For Medicare

Some providers may use text messaging as a means to expedite patient care and issue instructions or orders to another healthcare provider. For Medicare purposes, an order communicated solely by text messaging will not be considered acceptable documentation to support an order. Another form of the text order (written, verbal order transcribed, electronic, etc.) must also be present in the medical record.

CMS Releases 2017 Quality Benchmark Changes
On December 19, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an updated 2017 quality measure benchmark table for MIPS quality measures. The following ten quality measures had benchmark changes. 

You can view the changes here.
Payer News
Meet all the of payers at the Physician Practice Conference
Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Embassy Suites. REGISTER HERE!

Highmark Update
Highmark reminds physicians that they are encouraged to file electronic claims. However, effective Jan. 1, 2018, you must submit a paper replacement claim if your original claim was submitted on paper. In Box 22, enter the correct Frequency code under Resubmission code, and Original Claim Number under Original Ref. No. to indicate you’re submitting a replacement claim.

Molina Medicaid News
Molina has scheduled their 2018 spring workshops.

The West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services (BMS), the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program (WVCHIP) and Molina Medicaid Solutions will be conducting eight workshops throughout the state from April 23rd – May 3, 2018 (see venues and dates below). The agenda items will impact a wide variety of providers and topics. Please take a moment to register for the workshop of your choice. For more information, please visit the Molina Website or email our Provider Field Representatives at  WVProviderFieldRepresentative@MolinaHealthCare.com.
Registration for Provider Workshop:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018SpringProviderWorkshops
April 23, 2018 - Wheeling – Oglebay Resort
April 24, 2018 - Beckley - Tamarack
April 25, 2018 - Huntington – St. Mary’s Conference Center
April 26, 2018 - Charleston – Holiday Inn & Suites
April 30, 2018 - Martinsburg – Holiday Inn
May 1, 2018   - Morgantown – Waterfront Hotel
May 2, 2018   - Vienna – Grand Pointe Conference Center
May 3, 2018   - Flatwoods – Days Inn

Contact Information: BMS -- 304-558-1700.

PEIA reminds practices that the provider portal of HealthSmart’s website is now in production. Please note the attached overview indicates providers can download an EOB, but this is not available for PEIA since bulk payment is utilized. Click here for additional information regarding this new service.  

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Other News  

March Physician Practice Conference
The WVSMA and the WVMGMA will again combine forces this year to host a conference for physicians, management and staff. Mark your calendars now for  Friday, March 23th at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.   The groups have prepared a wide variety of programming to keep you apprised of all that is happening in the healthcare arena.

You’ll hear from outstanding and knowledgeable speakers Rose Moore, Dave Jakielo, Trisha Clark and Wally Suttle. You’ll also have a chance to hear from West Virginia government and commercial insurance payers. This will be a great day of education and networking that
you won’t want to miss!

Plan now to attend!
Educational Opportunities 

  Huntington Consortium to Meet

The Huntington Consortium has scheduled the next meeting for Thursday evening, March 8, at the HIMG Regional Medical Center’s Charles “Skip” Turner Memorial Education Center. Hors D’ouevres will begin at 5:00 P.M., with the program beginning at 5:30 P.M.

The speaker for the evening will be Wallace Horne, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Princeton Community Hospital, who will speak on “ Cyber Attacks: What Happens When It Hits You ”.