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Analysis of claim denials for knee orthoses HCPCS codes L1833 and L1851 reviewed between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 revealed a denial rate of 65.52%. Please click here for the top 10 reasons for claim denials.

Analysis of claim denials for AFO HCPCS codes L1902, L1906, L1971, L4396, and L4397 reviewed between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 revealed a denial rate of 30.79%. Please click here for the top 10 reasons for claim denials.

Analysis of claim denials for lumbar sacral orthosis (LSO)HCPCS codes L0457, L0637, L0648, and L0650 reviewed between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 revealed a denial rate of 38.37%. Please click here for the top 10 reasons for claim denials.

Analysis of claim denials for therapeutic shoes/inserts for diabetic persons HCPCS codes A5500 and A5512-A5514 reviewed between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 revealed a denial rate of 88.35%Please click here for the top 10 reasons for claim denials.

 

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Medicare Announces Rule to Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills

Announcement is the first in a series of regulations aimed at shielding patients from increased financial hardships stemming from surprise medical bills

The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury, and the Office of Personnel Management, issued “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I,” an interim final rule that will restrict excessive out of pocket costs to consumers from surprise billing and balance billing. Surprise billing happens when people unknowingly get care from providers that are outside of their health plan’s network and can happen for both emergency and non-emergency care. Balance billing, when a provider charges a patient the remainder of what their insurance does not pay, is currently prohibited in both Medicare and Medicaid. This rule will extend similar protections to Americans insured through employer-sponsored and commercial health plans.

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Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

The Trump Administration is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Waivers include key categories such as Patients Over Paperwork, Prior Authorization in DMEPOS, Signature requirements, Accelerated/Advanced payments and Medicare appeals in Fee for Service, Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D. For more information on the COVID-19 Pandemic please click on this link

MEDICARE TELEMEDICINE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FACT SHEET

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare Telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. These policy changes build on the regulatory flexibilities granted under the President’s emergency declaration. CMS is expanding this benefit on a temporary and emergency basis under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Please click on this link for more information.