Monday, August 20, 2018

Visit payment and Episode claiming

VISIT PAYMENT POLICIES AND THE TRANSITION OF EPISODE CLAIMING:

A “visit” is defined as a unit of service consisting of all the APG services preformed for a patient that are coded on the same claim and share a common date of service. There may be multiple APGs associated with a visit, depending on the services provided. Upon initial APG implementation (Dec. 2008), the “visit” was the basic unit for payment.

As of July 1, 2009, for hospitals, most ancillary laboratory or radiology services associated with a medical visit and/or a significant procedure billed under the APG payment methodology became the fiscal responsibility of the APG provider and had to be included on the APG claim, even if the ancillary services were provided by outside vendors or on different dates of service. This ancillary policy will also apply to D&TCs prospectively effective January 1, 2011. Consistent with this change, new rate codes were issued for hospital OPDs and will be issued for DT&C clinics which enable the APG Grouper/Pricer to recognize an “episode” of care. An “episode” is defined as a unit of service consisting of all services on a claim, regardless of the coded dates of service. Under episode billing an episode shall consist of all medical visits and or procedures that are provided by a clinic to a patient on a single date of service plus any associated non-carved out ancillary laboratory or radiology services, regardless of the date of service of those ancillaries. Under episode claiming, multiple episodes should not be coded on the same claim or the payment could be subject to excessive packaging, consolidating, and/or discounting.

For emergency departments, the significant procedures and/or medical visits comprising the non-carved out ancillary services portion of an episode need not be on a single date of service and may instead be on consecutive dates of service.

USE OF VISIT AND EPISODE RATE CODES:

The EAPG Grouper/Pricer is programmed to use two grouping mechanisms for billing purposes. The “visit” grouping mechanism applies APG packaging, consolidation, and discounting to all services on a claim with the same date of service. With visit billing there can be more than one visit on the claim and each visit will process separately through the grouper/pricer based on the coded dates of service. The “episode” grouping mechanism applies APG packaging, consolidation, and discounting to all services on a claim regardless of the date of service.

Therefore, on an episode claim there can be only one visit/episode on the claim and date of service is ignored by the grouper/pricer.

Visit Rate Codes and Ancillaries: When using visit rate codes to claim for a visit, all associated ancillary or radiology services must be reported on the same claim as the medical visit or significant procedure that generated the ancillary service. For claiming purposes, providers must reassign the dates of ancillary lab or radiology services to correspond with the date of the medical visit or significant procedure that generated the ancillary service. If the dates of the ancillaries are not reassigned, it is likely that they will be viewed by the grouper/pricer as “if stand alone, do not pay procedures” and no payment will be made. To avoid the reassignment of dates that can be necessary under visit claiming, NYS DOH implemented the episode claiming option, whereunder correct dates of service can be coded for the ancillaries and they will still group with, and be paid with, the relevant/associated medical visit or significant procedure. While multiple visits may be reported on the same claim when using visit rate codes, the Grouper/ Pricer will apply the APG grouping logic to all services and procedures with the same date of service.

All services and procedures provided to a patient with the same date of service and rate code (based on servicing provider type – i.e. OPD, Ambulatory Surgery Center, ED, and D&TC) must be billed together on one claim. If two claims are submitted for the same patient with the same rate code, same date of service, and same provider (hospital or D&TC), only the first claim submitted will result in payment. The second claim will be denied. If a patient returns to the clinic for multiple visits on the same date of service, all the procedures must be billed on one claim with the appropriate APG rate code (1400 for hospital OPDs or 1407 for DTCs). If the provider attempts to submit multiple APG claims for that rate code for the same recipient/same date of service, only one claim will be paid.

All others will be denied as duplicative claims. If a patient is initially seen in the hospital emergency room and the visit ultimately results in the provision of a same-day ambulatory surgery service outside of the emergency room, the hospital should bill the visit only under the ambulatory surgery rate code. Episode Rate Codes: As described above, for purposes of APG reimbursement an “episode of care consists of a medical visit and/or significant procedure that occurred on a single date of service and all the associated ancillary laboratory or radiology services that occurred on or after the date of the medical visit or significant procedure. When using an episode rate code to claim for an episode of care, providers must include a “from” and “to” date in the claim header to reflect the episode of care as well as specific dates at the line level for each service provided as part of the “episode of care.

All procedure codes related to an episode of care should be reported on a single claim with their actual dates of service. This includes the medical visit and or procedures that occurred on a single date of service and all associated ancillary laboratory or radiology services on or after the medical visit or significant procedure, regardless of the provider or date of service. When using an episode rate code, the Grouper/Pricer will apply the APG grouping logic to all services and procedures on the claim, regardless of the dates of service. If procedures from two different episodes of care are coded on the same claim, unwarranted discounting or consolidation may occur, resulting in underpayment to the APG biller.

As with use of the visit rate code, if two claims are submitted by the same APG provider for the same patient, using the same episode rate code and the same “from” date for the episode of care, only the first claim submitted will result in payment. The second claim will be denied.

Note: Implementation of the ancillary billing policy described above will be delayed for DTCs until January 1, 2011.

Therefore, upon implementation of APGs in DTCs through December 31, 2010, ancillary laboratory and radiology services which have historically been referred by DTCs to outside providers or vendors may continue to be billed directly to EMedNY by the ancillary service provider using the appropriate Medicaid fee schedule. During this time period, these ancillary services are not the financial responsibility of the DTC and should not be reported on the

APG claim. However, any ancillary laboratory or radiology service provided directly by the DTC clinic or historically included in the clinic’s former threshold or specialty (e.g. as with former PCAP rate codes) payment should be reported on the APG claim, even those that map to “a never pay APG” or an “if stand alone do not pay APG.”. The ancillary billing policy will be implemented prospectively in DTCs, effective January 1, 2011. Additional guidance on the ancillary billing policy will be issued at that time. In the interim, see Section 4.4 for more information on the APG ancillary billing policy.


APG billers assigned episode rate codes (hospital OPDs, D&TCs, and SBHCs) are expected to use episode rate codes for all claims effective January 1, 2011, except when billing for Medicare/Medicaid dual eligibles or for services routinely billed on a monthly basis. In the interim, APG billers may use either the appropriate visit based rate codes (1400, 1407,1435) or the appropriate new episode of care rate codes( 1432, 1422,1425). After January 1, 2011, visit based rated codes may only be used for claims for Medicare/Medicaid dually eligible patients or for services that are billed for a patient on a monthly basis. The SDOH strongly encourages providers to use episode rate codes as episode rate codes enable more accurate reporting with respect to the date of ancillary lab and radiology services and, when used properly, episode rate codes will always result in as much or more payment than use of a visit rate code for the same bundle of services.

UNITS OF SERVICE:

Generally, the APG reimbursement system does not recognize units of service. However, effective January 1, 2010, providers may bill multiple units of service for a limited group of procedures including physical andoccupational therapy. Additional units-based procedures include nutrition counseling (e.g., CPT 97802 medical nutrition, indiv., 15 min.), crisis management (e.g., CPT H2011 crisis intervention service, 15 min.), patient education including diabetes and asthma self management services rendered by CDEs & CAEs , and health/behavioral assessments (e.g., CPT 96150 assess health behavior, initial).

Providers should not code multiple lines on a single claim with the same HCPCS code (except for dental procedures such as multiple teeth sealed, multiple fillings, etc. – see section 4.2) to signify the provision of multiple units of a single procedure/service. Rather, they should include the HCPCS code on one line along with the number of units of the service provided on that same line. For physician administered drugs and all other services billed in multiple units, providers should bill for each drug  or service on a single claim line and identify the units provided on that line. Drug APGs are set to pay for the average units billed for each APG. Generally drugs are grouped into APGs based on the costs of a typical dosage. When multiple immunizations are rendered on the same date of service, the APG claim should include multiple codes for the administration of vaccine. The first administration code will pay at 100%; subsequent codes will be discounted at 50%.

For a complete list of units-based procedures and their respective unit maximums, please
visit: http://www.nyhealth.gov/health_care/medicaid/rates/apg/docs/units_based_procedures.pdf.

3.7 EMERGENCY ROOM – EPISODE OF CARE
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If a patient enters the Emergency Department (ED) before midnight and leaves after midnight, the Grouper/Pricer  will treat the ED visit as a single episode of care. A single claim should be filed for each ED visit (episode of care) and the actual dates of service for each procedure should be reported on the claim. All ED services should be billed using the ED rate code, 1402.

3.9 UTILIZATION THRESHOLDS:

The Utilization Threshold Program continues to apply to clinic services billed as visits or episodes of care under APGs. Under the Utilization Threshold Program, it is necessary for clinic providers to obtain an authorization from the Medicaid Eligibility Verification System (MEVS) to render services to Medicaid patients. This authorization to render services will be given unless a recipient has reached his/her utilization threshold limit. If the individual’s threshold has been reached, the clinic physician must submit a “Threshold Override Application” (TOA) in order to obtain approval for the additional services.

The Utilization Threshold Program has been revised to provide individual thresholds, which are refreshed quarterly, for every Medicaid recipient based on their health risk status. These new thresholds will be implemented in 2009. Notification of these changes will be forthcoming in a Medicaid Update article. As of March 1, 2010, revised TOA forms must be used. These forms may be obtained by calling the eMedNY call center at (800) 343-9000. The Utilization Threshold Guide is available online at: www.emedny.org/HIPAA/provider_training/training.html.

3.10 REMITTANCE:

The 835 remittance will include line level detail including the APG code, APG full weight, APG allowed percentage, APG paid amount, the payment based on existing operating reimbursement (the blend amount), “combined with CPT” (if reimbursement for a particular CPT/APG has been consolidated or packaged within another CPT/APG, this field indicates the CPT/APG to which payment has been consolidated/packaged), capital add-on amount, and the total payment for the claim. The 835 Companion Guide, which provides detail for all the APG remittance changes, is now available on the www.eMedNY.org website under NYHIPAADESK.

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