May 2006 Medicaid Bulletin

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Attention: All Providers

Carolina ACCESS Override Request Form Revised

The Carolina ACCESS Override form has been revised.  The new form is designed to simplify the evaluation process and includes new field sin the “Is this claim due to?” portion of the form.  The fax number for submitting Carolina ACCESS Override Requests has also changed.  The new fax number is 919-816-4420.  This fax line is dedicated to Carolina ACCESS Override Requests only

A copy of the new form is available below or from DMA’s website.  Providers who have already submitted a request to the old fax number (919-851-4014) or submitted a request by mail using the old form do not need to resubmit the request.

It is the responsibility of the treating provider to obtain authorization for treatment from the primary care provider (PCP) listed on the recipient’s Medicaid identification care prior to rendering treatment.  If authorization is requested after services have been rendered, the PCP may refuse to authorize treatment, which will result in a denied claim.  No override request will result in a denied claim.  No override request will be considered unless the PCP has been contacted and refused to authorize treatment.

Carolina ACCESS Override Request Form

EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



Attention: All Providers

Clinical Coverage Policies

The following new or amended clinical coverage policies are now available on the Division of Medical Assistance's website:

These policies supersede previously published policies and procedures.  Providers may contact EDS at 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888 with billing questions.

Clinical Policy and Programs
DMA, 919-855-4260


Attention: All Providers

Family Planning “Be Smart” May 2006 Special Bulletin

Effective May 1, 2006, the Family Planning Waiver “Be Smart” Special Bulletin has been updated. This special bulletin supersedes previously published polices and procedures.  For your convenience, shading will indicate new information.

Providers may access the May 2006 Special Bulletin, Medicaid Family Planning Waiver Program.  Providers should contact EDS with any billing questions.

EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



Attention: All Providers

Hepatitis A Vaccine, Pediatric/Adolescent Dosage – 2 Dose Schedule (CPT 90633)

Effective with date of service March 1, 2006, the N.C. Medicaid program recognizes pediatric hepatitis A vaccine as a covered vaccine in the Universal Childhood Vaccine Distribution Program (UCVDP)/Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.  The UCVDP/VFC program provides all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Currently, there are two manufacturers for pediatric hepatitis A.  Vaqta and Havarix are licensed for use in those persons age 12 months through 18 years of age.

State-supplied hepatitis A vaccine is available for any Medicaid-enrolled child 12 months (one year) through 18 years of age.  For a complete list of recommendations, please see the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) website at http://www.cdc.gov.

For children 12 months through 18 years of age, Medicaid does not reimburse for the actual vaccine because state-supplied pediatric hepatitis A vaccine is available to all providers enrolled in the UCVDP/VFC program.  As with other injectable vaccines covered in this program, Medicaid will reimburse an administration fee, if applicable.  When state-supplied pediatric hepatitis A vaccine is administered, ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V05.3 should be indicated on the claim (see billing guidelines below).  Medicaid does not reimburse for hepatitis A vaccine, CPT code 90633, for those recipients over 18 years of age.

Billing Guidelines:

  • The procedure code for billing hepatitis A vaccine is CPT 90633.
  • Effective with date of service March 1, 2006, bill the vaccine code, CPT 90633, with no modifier, at a charge of $0.00, for vaccine that was state-supplied and administered to a Medicaid recipient 12 months through 18 years of age. An administration fee may be billed to Medicaid, if appropriate.
  • ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V05.3 should be used when billing for 90633.
  • Health Check providers should refer to the April 2006 Special Bulletin, Health Check Special Billing Guide 2006, for additional billing information on billing Medicaid for vaccines for Medicaid recipients.

    Providers should also refer to the article titled, CPT Codes 90465 and 90466 – New Immunization Administration Codes for Recipients under Eight Years of Age, in the July 2005 general Medicaid bulletin.

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



    Attention: All Providers

    Medicaid Crossover Claims Billed with Incorrect Medicaid Provider Numbers

    Effective May 1, 2006, the coinsurance and deductible paid by Medicaid for claims submitted to Medicare for reimbursement of services for dually eligible recipients will be paid at $0.00 if:

    Crossover claims for dates of service May 1, 2006 and after that were paid at $0.00 because they were billed to Medicare with a provider number that did not cross over to an appropriate Medicaid provider number may be resubmitted electronically to Medicaid as an 837 void transaction and a new day claim or resubmitted as a manual adjustment using the Medicaid Claim Adjustment form.  The correct Medicaid provider number must be entered in the group number block on the claim form.  Claims that are eligible for reprocessing will appear in the paid crossover section the Remittance and Status Advice (RA) with a pay amount of $0.00.

    Providers may verify that their Medicare provider number is cross-referenced to their Medicaid provider number by contacting EDS Provider Services at 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888.  If your Medicare provider number is not cross-referenced to your Medicaid provider number or to the correct Medicaid provider number, you must complete and submit the Medicare Crossover Reference Request form by fax or mail to EDS at the address indicated on the form. 

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



    Attention: All Providers

    Part B Reimbursement Percentages Update

    Effective with date of service May 1, 2006, the percentage applied to coinsurance and deductible paid by Medicaid for providers who file on CMS-1500 claim form has been updated to reflect current aggregate Medicaid pricing.

    The Medicaid Crossover Percentage Payment Schedule is available on DMA’s Fee Schedule web page.

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888


    Attention: All Providers

    Updated EOB Crosswalk to HIPPA Standard Codes

    The list of standard national codes used on the Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) has been cross-walked to EOB codes as an informational aid to adjudicated claims listed on the Remittance and Status Report (RA). An updated version of the list is available on the Division of Medical Assistance’s HIPAA web page.

    With the implementation of standards for electronic transactions mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), providers now have the option to receive an ERA in addition to the paper version of the RA.

    The EOB codes that providers currently receive on a paper RA are not used on the ERA. Because the EOB codes on the paper RA provide a greater level of detail on claim denials, all providers will continue to receive the paper version of the RA, even if they choose to receive the ERA transaction. The list is current as of the date of publication. Providers will be notified of changes to the list through the general Medicaid bulletin.

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



    Attention: All Providers

    Tetanus, Diphtheria Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap), for Intramuscular Use, (CPT 90715)

    Effective with date of service March 1, 2006, the N.C. Medicaid program recognizes tetanus, diphtheria toxoids, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) as a covered vaccine in the Universal Childhood Vaccine Distribution Program (UCVDP)/Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.  The UCVDP/VFC program provides all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, there are two Tdap products, Adacel and Boostrix.

    State-supplied Tdap vaccine is available for any Medicaid-enrolled child 11 through 18 years of age who meets the recommendations listed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) found at http://www.cdc.gov.  ACIP does not recommend Tdap vaccine for individuals under the age of 11 and it is, therefore, not available through the UCVDP/VFC vaccine program.

    For children 11 through 18 years of age, Medicaid does not reimburse for the actual vaccine because state-supplied Tdap vaccine is available to all providers enrolled in the UCVDP/VFC program.  As with other injectable vaccines covered in this program, Medicaid will reimburse an administration fee, if applicable.  When state-supplied Tdap vaccine is administered, ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V06.1 should be indicated on the claim when appropriate. 

    Medicaid reimburses for Tdap for recipients over the age of 18 who meet the ACIP recommendations.  Medicaid may reimburse an administration fee, if applicable.

    Billing Guidelines:

  • The procedure code for billing Tdap is CPT 90715.
  • Effective with date of service March 1, 2006, report the vaccine CPT code 90715 with no modifier at a charge of $0.00 for vaccine that was state-supplied and administered to a Medicaid recipient 11 through 18 years of age. An administration fee may be billed to Medicaid, if appropriate.
  • Effective with date of service March 1, 2006, bill CPT 90715 with no modifier for vaccine given to those Medicaid recipients 19 through 64 years of age.  Bill the usual and customary charge.  An administration fee may be billed to Medicaid, if appropriate.
  • ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V06.1 should be used when billing for Tdap.
  • Providers should refer to the April 2006 Special Bulletin, Health Check Special Billing Guide 2006, for guidance on how to bill for immunizations.

    The maximum reimbursement rate for Tdap provided to recipients over the age of 18 is $19.35.  The fee schedule for the Physician’s Drug Program is found on DMA’s Fee Schedule web page.

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



    Attention: Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Physicians   

    Update to Approved Procedures for Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Physicians

    CPT procedure codes, 15822 (blepharoplasty, upper eyelid) and 15823, (blepharoplasty, upper eyelid, with excessive skin weighting lid) have been added to the list of approved procedures for an ambulatory surgery center.  These codes require prior approval.  Ambulatory surgery centers should verify that the physician performing the procedure(s) has obtained prior approval before scheduling the surgery in their facility to prevent denial of claims for lack of prior approval. 

    General information regarding the prior approval process can be found in the Basic Medicaid Billing Guide.

    CPT code 15822 is assigned to payment group 3 and CPT code 15823 is assigned to payment group 5.  The fee schedule for Ambulatory Surgical Centers can be found on the DMA's Fee Schedule web page.

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888


    Attention: Durable Medical Equipment Providers, Home Health Providers, Private Duty Nursing Providers

    Medicare Part D Coverage of Supplies for Delivery of Insulin

    Effective January 1, 2006, Medicaid no longer covers prescriptions for recipients who are covered by both Medicaid and Medicare (dually eligible) with a few exceptions.  Dually eligible recipients now receive their drug coverage from a Medicare approved Prescription Drug Plan (PDP).  This is called Medicare Part D.  In addition to prescriptions, Part D also covers certain medical supplies associated with the injection of insulin (syringes, needles, alcohol swabs, and gauze).

    Therefore, the N. C. Medicaid program must not be billed for these supplies for recipients who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid services.  Providers must bill the recipient’s PDP for these supplies.  If you have any questions, please call 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227).

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



    Attention: All Providers

    Training for Local Health Departments on Health Check Requirements and Billing

    A training session is scheduled for local health department staff from 10:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. on May 31, 2006 via the Public Health Training and Information Network (PHTIN).  Attendance at these seminars is very important. The seminars will focus on Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment, Prior Approval, requesting non-covered services, Due Process (appeal rights), and Health Check billing requirements, as well as vision and hearing assessments and developmental screening requirements for the Health Check Program.

    Registration information is listed below.  The target audience for this session is both clinical staff who perform the Health Check screenings and billing staff.  Providers may register by completing the form or by registering online.

    The April 2006 Special Bulletin, Health Check Billing Guide 2006, is the primary handout for this session.  Attendees must access and print the PDF version of this special bulletin. Copies of this handout will not be provided onsite.

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



    Attention: Orthotic and Prosthetic Providers

    Medicaid Crossover Claims Billed by Attending Providers

    Effective May 1, 2006, the coinsurance and deductible paid by Medicaid for claims submitted to Medicare for reimbursement of orthotic and prosthetic devices for dually eligible recipients will pay at $0.00 by Medicaid if the claim crosses over to Medicaid with the provider’s attending number listed on the claim as the billing provider number. 

    Crossover claims for dates of service May 1, 2006 and after that were paid at $0.00 because they were billed to Medicare with the attending number listed as the billing number may be submitted to Medicaid as an 837 void transaction and resubmitted as a new day claim or as a manual adjustment using the Medicaid Claim Adjustment form.  The correct billing provider number must be entered in the group block on the claim form.  Claims that are eligible for reprocessing will appear in the paid crossover section of the RA with a pay amount of $0.00.

    If your Medicaid and Medicare provider numbers are not cross-referenced or not cross-referenced correctly, please complete and submit the Medicare Crossover Reference Request form by fax or mail to EDS at the address indicated on the form. 

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



    Attention: Physicians and Nurse Practioners

    Aminolevulinic Acid HCI for Topical Administration, 20%, Single Unit Dosage Form (Levulan Kerastick, J7308) – Billing Guidelines

    Effective with date of service January 1, 2006, the N.C. Medicaid program covers aminolevulinic acid HCl (Levulan Kerastick) topical solution for use in the Physician’s Drug Program for the diagnosis of actinic keratoses only.  Levulan Kerastick plus blue light illumination using the BLU-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator is indicated for the treatment of minimally to moderately thick actinic keratoses (Grade 1 or 2) of the face and scalp.  Levulan Kerastick is intended for direct application to individual lesions diagnosed as actinic keratoses and not to perilesional skin.  Application should involve either scalp or face lesions, but not both simultaneously.  The recommended treatment frequency is one application of the Levulan Kerastick topical solution to the target lesions, followed 14 to 18 hours later by one dose of illumination (with blue light using the BLU-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator, CPT code 96567) per treatment site.  Treated lesions that have not completely resolved after eight weeks may be treated a second time.

    For Medicaid billing:

  • ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 702.0 (actinic keratosis) is required when billing for Levulan Kerastick.
  • Providers must use HCPCS code J7308 to bill for Levulan Kerastick. 
  • Providers must indicate the number of units given in block 24G on the CMS-1500 claim form.
  • Providers should bill their usual and customary charge. 
  • For Medicaid billing, 1 unit of coverage is 1 single unit dose of Levulan Kerastick. 
  • The maximum reimbursement rate per unit is $101.83. The fee schedule for the Physician’s Drug Program is available on DMA's Fee Schedule web page.

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



    Attention: Physicians and Nurse Practitioners

    Daptomycin Injection, 1 mg (Cubicin, K0878) – Billing Guidelines

    Effective with date of service January 1, 2006, the N.C.  Medicaid program covers daptomycin for injection (Cubicin) for use in the Physician’s Drug Program, when billed with HCPCS code J0878.  Cubicin is an antibacterial agent of a new class of antibiotics, the cyclic lipopeptides.  The FDA approved indication for Cubicin is the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections caused by susceptible strains of the following Gram-positive microorganisms:

    Combination therapy may be clinically indicated if the documented or presumed pathogens include Gram-negative or anaerobic organisms.  Cubicin is not recommended for the treatment of pneumonia.

    The FDA indicates that the usual adult dose is 4 mg/kg administered over a 30-minute period by IV infusion in 0.9% sodium chloride injection once every 24 hours for 7 to 14 days.  Doses of Cubicin higher than 4 mg/kg/day have not been studied in Phase 3 controlled clinical trials.  Cubicin should not be dosed more frequently than once a day. 

    One of the following ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes is required when billing for Cubicin

    035

    373.13

    376.01

    380.10 through 380.16

    528.5

    608.4

    616.4

    680.0 through 680.9

    681.0 through 681.9

    682.0 through 682.9

    685.0

    686.00 through 686.09

    686.1 through 686.9

       

    Billing Requirements:

    Example:

    21

    Diagnosis

    24A

    Date(s) of Service

    24B

    Place of Service

    24D

    Procedures, Services or Supplies

    24F

    Charges

    24G

    Days or Units

    035

    02012006

    11

    J0878

    $

     

    For Medicaid billing, one unit of coverage is 1 mg.  The maximum reimbursement rate per unit is $0.29.  The fee schedule for the Physician’s Drug Program is available on DMA's Fee Schedule web page.

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



    Attention: Physicians and Nurse Practioners

    Peinterferon Alfa- 2a, 180 mcg/ml (Pegasys, J3490 and S0145) – Billing Guidelines

    Effective with date of service June 1, 2005, the N.C. Medicaid program covers peginterferon alfa-2a (Pegasys) for use in the Physician’s Drug Program when billed with HCPCS code J3490.  Pegasys is a covalent conjugate of recombinant alfa-2a interferon with a polyethylene glycol (PEG) chain.  The FDA approved indications for Pegasys are:

    The recommended dosing schedules are provided below.

    For Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C:

    Pegasys monotherapy:  180 mcg SQ once weekly for 48 weeks

    Pegasys and Copegus combination therapy: 

    Viral Genotype

    Pegasys Dose (SQ once weekly)

    Copegus Dose (PO daily in 2 divided doses)

    Duration

    Genotypes 1, 4

    180 mcg

    <75 kg = 1000 mg

    ≥75 kg = 1200 mg

    48 weeks

    48 weeks

    Genotypes 2, 3

    180 mcg

    800 mg

    24 weeks

    For Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C and HIV Coinfection:

    Pegasys monotherapy:  180 mcg SQ once weekly for 48 weeks

    Pegasys and Copegus combination therapy:  Regardless of genotype Pegasys 180 mg SQ once weekly for 48 weeks

    Copegus 800 mg PO daily (in 2 divided doses) for 48 weeks

    For Patients with Chronic Hepatitis B:

    Pegasys monotherapy: 180 mcg SQ once weekly for 48 weeks

    One of the following diagnosis codes must be billed with Pegasys:

  • 070.54 (chronic hepatitis C without mention of hepatic coma)
  • 070.32 (chronic hepatitis B without mention of hepatic delta)
  • Billing Requirements for June 1, 2005 through June 30, 2005:

  • Providers must bill Pegasys with HCPCS code J3490.
  • The original invoice or copy of the original invoice must be attached to the CMS-1500 claim form. An invoice must be submitted with each claim. The paper invoice must include the recipient’s name and Medicaid identification number, the name of the medication, the dosage given, the National Drug Code (NDC) number from the vial(s) used, the number of vials used, and the cost per dose.
  • Providers must indicate 1 unit in block 24G on the CMS-1500 claim form.
  • Providers must bill their usual and customary charge.
  • For Medicaid billing, one unit of coverage is 180 mcg/ml.
  • The maximum reimbursement rate per unit is $301.85.
  • Billing Requirements for Dates of Service July 1, 2005 and after:

  • Providers must indicate 1 unit in block 24G of the CMS-1500 claim form.
  • Providers must bill HCPCS code S0145 for Pegasys.
  • Providers must bill their usual and customary charge. No invoice is required.
  • For Medicaid billing, one unit of coverage is 180 mcg/ml.
  • For dates of service on and after January 1, 2006, the maximum reimbursement rate is $317.73.
  • Refer to the fee schedule for the Physician’s Drug Program on DMA's Fee Schedule web page.

    EDS, 1-800-688-6696 or 919-851-8888



    NCLeads Update

    Information related to the implementation of the new Medicaid Management Information System, NCLeads, can be found online.  Please refer to the NCLeads website for information, updates, and contact information related to the NCLeads system.

    Provider Relations
    Office of MMIS Services
    919-647-8315


    Proposed Clinical Coverage Policies

    In accordance with Session Law 2003-284, proposed new or amended Medicaid clinical coverage policies are available for review and comment on DMA's website. To submit a comment related to a policy, refer to the instructions on the website. Providers without Internet access can submit written comments to the address listed below.

    Gina Rutherford
    Division of Medical Assistance
    Clinical Policy Section
    2501 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-2501

    The initial comment period for each proposed policy is 45 days. An additional 15-day comment period will follow if a proposed policy is revised as a result of the initial comment period.


    2006 Checkwrite Schedule

    Month

    Electronic Cut-Off Date

    Checkwrite Date

    May

    04/28/06

    05/02/06

     

    05/05/06

    05/09/06

     

    05/12/06

    05/16/06

     

    05/19/06

    05/25/06

    June

    06/02/06

    06/06/06

     

    06/09/06

    06/13/06

     

    06/16/06

    06/22/06

     

    06/30/06

    07/06/06

    July

    07/07/06

    07/11/06

     

    07/14/06

    07/18/06

     

    07/21/06

    07/27/06

    Electronic claims must be transmitted and completed by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date to be included in the next checkwrite.  Any claims transmitted after 5:00 p.m. will be processed on the second checkwrite following the transmission date.


    _____________________   _____________________
    Mark T. Benton, Senior Deputy Director and
    Chief Operating Officer
      Cheryll Collier
    Division of Medical Assistance   Executive Director
    Department of Health and Human Services   EDS
     


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