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January 2009
Medicaid Bulletin

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In This Issue . . .

NPI:

All Providers:

CAP/C Service Providers:

CAP/DA Service Providers:

Dental Providers:

Durable Medical Providers:

Enhanced Behavioral Health Services Providers:

Health Department Dental Centers:

Independent Practitioners:

Local Education Agencies:

N.C. Health Choice Providers:

Nurse Practitioners:

Nursing Facilities:

Orthotics and Prosthetics Providers

Personal Care Service Providers:

Physicians:

Residential Child Care Treatment Facility Providers:


 

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Attention:  All Providers

National Provider Identifier Implementation Announcement

Full implementation of National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) will take place in May 2009.  Upon full implementation, the Medicaid Provider Number (MPN) will no longer be allowed on paper or electronic claims.  Claims submitted with the MPN will be denied unless the provider is atypical.  In preparation for this transition, N.C. Medicaid encourages providers to begin submitting a small number of claims with NPI and taxonomy only, even if you have not received a ready letter.  

Please contact the EDS NPI helpdesk at 1-800-688-6696 (option 3 and then option 1) with any questions regarding NPI or taxonomy. 

NPI – Get it! Share It! Use It! Getting one is free – Not having one can be costly!

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


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Attention:  All Providers

National Provider Identifier Seminars

National Provider Identifier (NPI) seminars are scheduled for the month of March 2009.  These seminars are intended to prepare providers for full NPI implementation in May 2009.  The seminar sites and dates will be announced in the February 2009 general Medicaid bulletin.

Pre-registration will be required.  Due to limited seating, registration will be limited to two staff members per office.  Unregistered providers are welcome to attend if space is available.

NPI – Get it! Share It! Use It! Getting one is free – Not having one can be costly!

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 DMA’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

Updated EOB Code Crosswalk to HIPAA 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 DMA’s website: EOB Code Crosswalk to HIPAA Standard Codes

With the implementation of standards for electronic transactions mandated by 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 crosswalk is current as of the date of publication.  Providers will be notified of changes to the crosswalk through future general Medicaid bulletins.

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


Attention:  All Providers

DMA Website Redesign

Beginning in January 2009, the look of DMA’s website and many of the features on the website will change.  These changes are part of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Website Redesign Project, which was implemented to improve the appearance and functionality of the 124 websites that operate within DHHS.

Some features of the redesigned websites include

To assist with the redesign project, the DHHS Website Project Manager and the DMA Web Content Manager surveyed visitors to the website, analyzed statistics, and performed usability testing with providers.  As a result of this research, the following web pages are now available on DMA’s website:

In addition to these new pages, DMA is working to improve the website’s search engine function and to refine the results.

Questions or comments related to the DMA website may be sent by e-mail to the DMA Webmaster at dma.webmasters@dhhs.nc.gov

More information about the DHHS Website Redesign Project

DMA Director’s Office, 919-855-4100


Attention:  All Providers

Corrected 1099 Requests for Tax Years 2006, 2007, and 2008 – Action Required by March 1, 2009

Each provider number receiving Medicaid payments of more than $600 annually receives a 1099 MISC tax form from EDS.  The 1099 MISC tax form is generated as required by IRS guidelines.  It will be mailed to each provider no later than January 31, 2009.  The 1099 MISC tax form will reflect the tax information on file with NC Medicaid as of the last Medicaid checkwrite cycle date, December 29, 2008.

If the tax name or tax identification number on the annual 1099 MISC you receive is incorrect, a correction to the 1099 MISC must be requested.  This ensures that accurate tax information is on file for each provider number with Medicaid and sent to the IRS annually.  When the IRS receives incorrect information on your 1099 MISC, it may require backup withholding in the amount of 28 percent of future Medicaid payments.  The IRS could require EDS to initiate and continue this withholding to obtain correct tax data.  Please note that only the provider name and tax identification number can be changed and must match the W-9 form submitted. 

A correction to the original 1099 MISC must be submitted to EDS by March 1, 2009, and must be accompanied by the following documentation:

Fax all documents to 919-816-3186, Attention: Corrected 1099 Request – Financial

Or

Mail all documents to:

EDS
Attention:  Corrected 1099 Request - Financial
4905 Waters Edge Drive
Raleigh, NC  27606

A copy of the corrected 1099 MISC form(s), along with a second copy of the incorrect 1099 MISC form(s) with the “Corrected” box selected, will be mailed to you for your records.  All corrected 1099 MISC requests will be reported to the IRS.  In some cases, additional information may be required to ensure that the tax information on file with Medicaid is accurate.  Providers will be notified by mail of any additional action that may be required to complete the correction to their tax information.

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


Attention:  All Providers

Corrected Diagnosis Code for DTaP-IPV (Kinrix, CPT Procedure Code 90696)

This article from the December 2008 general Medicaid bulletin is being republished to correct the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code for billing DTaP-IPV (Kinrix, CPT procedure code 90696).  The correct diagnosis code is V06.3 (need for prophylactic vaccination and inoculation against combinations of diseases; DTP+polio).

Effective with date of service September 1, 2008, N.C. Medicaid recognized DTaP-IPV (Kinrix) as a covered vaccine in the Universal Childhood Vaccine Distribution Program (UCVDP)/Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.  All of the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are available through the UCVDP/VFC Program.  The UCVDP/VFC program provides state-supplied Kinrix as an alternative to currently available DTaP and polio vaccines only for the 4- through 6-year booster dose of DTaP and polio vaccines.  For additional information, see the Kinrix package insert.

Medicaid does not reimburse for the actual vaccine because state-supplied vaccine is available to all providers enrolled in the UCVDP/VFC Program.  Medicaid will reimburse for a vaccine administration fee, if applicable.  When state-supplied Kinrix vaccine is administered, indicate the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V06.8 on the claim when appropriate.  Refer to the April 2008 Special Bulletin, Health Check Billing Guide 2008, for detailed billing guidelines.

For Medicaid Billing:

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


Attention:  All Providers

Corrected Diagnosis Code for DTaP-Hib-IPV (Pentacel, CPT Procedure Code 90698)

This article from the December 2008 general Medicaid bulletin is being republished to correct the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code for billing DTaP-Hib-IPV (Pentacel, CPT procedure code 90698).  The correct diagnosis code is V06.8 (need for prophylactic vaccination and inoculation against combinations of diseases; other combinations).

Effective with date of service September 1, 2008, N.C. Medicaid recognized DTaP-Hib-IPV (Pentacel) as a covered vaccine in the Universal Childhood Vaccine Distribution Program (UCVDP)/Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.  All of the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are available through the UCVDP/VFC Program.  UCVDP/VFC provides Pentacel for all children as part of their primary series of DTaP, polio, and Hib vaccines.

Pentacel is licensed for a 4-dose series (three primary doses and one booster dose) of DTaP, Hib, and polio at 2, 4, 6, and 15 through 18 months of age.  Due to the current reduced supply of PedvaxHIB and ActHIB, the introduction of Pentacel should allow providers to continue administering the primary series of Hib vaccine.  However, the CDC continues to recommend deferral of the 12- through 15-month Hib booster dose, except for high-risk children, who should continue to receive the booster.  Due to these recommendations, Pentacel may not be used for the 12- through 15-month booster in otherwise healthy children until further notice.  For providers who choose to use Pentacel rather than the previously available DTaP, Hib, and polio vaccines, UCVDP recommends integrating Pentacel into your practice for children born on or after July 1, 2008.  Children already started on Pediarix or separate DTaP, HiB, and polio vaccines should complete the series with those same products.  Pentacel is not licensed for anyone over the age of 4 years. 

Medicaid does not reimburse for the actual vaccine because state-supplied vaccine is available to all providers enrolled in the UCVDP/VFC Program.  Medicaid will reimburse for a vaccine administration fee, if applicable.  When state-supplied Pentacel vaccine is administered, indicate the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V06.3 on the claim when appropriate.  Refer to the April 2008 Special Bulletin, Health Check Billing Guide 2008, for detailed billing guidelines.

For Medicaid Billing:

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


Attention:  All Providers

CPT Code Update 2009

Effective with date of service January 1, 2009, the American Medical Association (AMA) has added new CPT codes, deleted others, and changed the descriptions of some existing codes.  (For complete information regarding all CPT codes and descriptions, refer to the 2009 edition of Current Procedural Terminology, published by the American Medical Association.)  New CPT codes that are covered by the N.C. Medicaid Program are effective with date of service January 1, 2009.  Claims submitted with deleted codes will be denied for dates of service on or after January 1, 2009.  Previous policy restrictions continue in effect unless otherwise noted.

New Covered Codes (effective January 1, 2009)

99460 99461 99462 99463 99464 99465 99466 99467 99468 99469
99471 99472 99475 99476 99478 99479 99480 00211 00567 20696
20697 22864 27027 27057 35535 35570 35632 35633 35634 43273
43279 46930 49652 49653 49654 49655 49656 49657 55706 61796
61797 61798 61799 61800 62267 63620 63621 64455 64632 77785
77786 77787 78808 83876 83951 85397 87905 88720 88740 88741
90681 90696 90951 90952 90953 90954 90955 90956 90957 90958
90959 90960 90961 90962 90963 90964 90965 90966 90967 90968
90969 90970 93228 93229 93279 93280 93281 93282 93283 93284
93285 93286 93287 93288 93289 93290 93291 93292 93293 93294
93295 93296 93297 93298 93299 93306 93351 93352 95992 96360
96361 96365 96366 96367 96368 96369 96370 96371 96372 96373
96374 96375 96379 G0416 G0417 G0418 G0419 Q4101 Q4106  

End-Dated Codes (effective December 31, 2008)

20986 20987 46934 46935 46936 52606 52612 52614 52620 53853
61793 77781 77782 77783 77784 78890 78891 88400 90760 90761
90765 90766 90767 90768 90769 90770 90771 90772 90773 90774
90775 90776 90779 90918 90919 90920 90921 90922 90923 90924
90925 91100 93727 93731 93732 93733 93734 93735 93736 93741
93742 93743 93744 93760 93762 99289 99290 99293 99294 99295
99296 99298 99299 99300 99431 99432 99433 99435 99436 99440
G0308 G0309 G0310 G0311 G0312 G0313 G0314 G0315 G0316 G0317
G0318 G0319 G0320 G0321 G0322 G0323 G0324 G0325 G0326 G0327
J7340 J7342  

New CPT Codes Not Covered

22856 22861 41512 41530 65756 65757 90650 90738 95803 96376

Category II Codes

Category III Codes

CPT Codes From Previous CPT Updates That Are Now Covered (effective January 1, 2009)

99406 99407 99408 99409 99420 21742 21743 27415 27416 29866
29867 50592 96150 96151  

Billing Information

CPT Code Billing Information
G0308 through G0327 HCPCS dialysis codes G0308 through G0327 have been end-dated and will be denied effective January 1, 2009.  Beginning January 1, 2009, bill using the new CPT dialysis codes, 90951 through 90970.
G0416 through G0419 These codes are only to be billed by the pathologist for specimens obtained with CPT code 55706.
J7340 and J7342 HCPCS skin substitute codes J7340 and J7642 have been end-dated and will be denied effective January 1, 2009.  Beginning January 1, 2009, bill using the new HCPCS codes, Q4101 and Q4106.
22864 Prior approval is required.  Medical necessity is based on complications directly related to the artificial disc.
95992 This code is only for use by physical therapists in an Independent Practitioner (IP) and Local Education Agency (LEA).  Refer to the article on page 13 for billing instructions.  This code is considered bundled into the evaluation and management code for physician offices.
96150, 96151, 99406, 99407, 99408, 99409, and 99420

In addition to physicians, nurse practitioners, and health departments, these codes can be billed “incident to” the physician by the following professional specialties:  licensed psychologists, licensed psychological associates, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family counselors, certified nurse practitioners, certified clinical nurse specialists, licensed clinical addictions specialists or certified clinical supervisors.  Practitioners must continue to follow the guidelines for services provided “incident to” the physician.  Refer to the article tiled Modification in Supervision When Practicing “Incident To” a Physician in the October 2008 general Medicaid bulletin for additional information.

CPT code 99420 is limited to 2 units per day. It cannot be used to bill for smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling visit or alcohol and/or substance abuse structured screening and brief intervention since there are other codes that exist that can be billed instead. The E/M code should incorporate the services that are provided as defined in 96150 and 96151.

99460 through 99480 In the CPT 2009 publication, the AMA has revised the codes used for billing services provided to the normal newborn and services for critically ill children (up to age 5).  These codes are being covered by N.C. Medicaid with some limitations.  Providers are strongly encouraged to read the introductory materials at the beginning of the Newborn Care Services, Pediatric Critical Care Patient Transport, Inpatient Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care, and Initial and Continuing Intensive Care Services sections.

For the normal newborn, N.C. Medicaid will pay one initial day care code per recipient per admission.  This code is paid to the provider who actually admits the normal newborn to the hospital or birthing center.  Since the AMA instructs, in its CPT publication, that the CPT code should be selected that accurately identifies the service performed, the new normal newborn codes should be used for the initial day care.  Other hospital initial day codes are not appropriate and should not be billed.

Due to the change of some CPT codes, Clinical Coverage Policy 1A-7, Neonatal and Pediatric Critical and Intensive Care Services, will be revised.  The information listed here may be revised and additional guidance may be provided when the policy is updated.  Providers will be notified through the general Medicaid bulletin once the updated policy is available.

93228/ 93229 The correct diagnosis must be listed on the claim.  See the diagnosis list on the table below.

Diagnoses Required When Billing 93228 or 93229:

ICD-9-CM Code Description
250.60 through 250.63 Diabetes with neurological manifestations
306.2 Cardiovascular physiological malfunction arising from mental factors
337.1 Peripheral autonomic neuropathy in disorders classified elsewhere
410.00 through 410.92 Acute myocardial infarction
411.0 through 411.89 Other acute and subacute forms of ischemic heart disease
412 Old myocardial infarction
413.0 through 413.9 Angina pectoris
414.8 Other specified forms of chronic ischemic heart disease
414.9 Chronic ischemic heart disease, unspecified
425.1 Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy
425.4 Other primary cardiomyopathies
426.0 through 426.9 Conduction disorders
427.0 through 427.9 Cardiac dysrhythmias
435.0 through 435.9 Transient cerebral ischemia
780.2 Syncope and collapse
780.4 Dizziness and giddiness
785.0 Tachycardia, unspecified

Additional information will be published in future general Medicaid bulletins as necessary.

Clinical Policy and Programs
DMA, 910-355-1883


Attention:  Durable Medical Equipment Providers

Coverage for Canes, Crutches, Walkers, and Gait T3rainers

Effective with date of service January 1, 2009, newly established coverage criteria for canes, crutches, walkers, and gait trainers were implemented.  This policy revision includes the addition of seven new codes for crutches and walkers and three new codes for coverage of gait trainers and pediatric walkers.  For recipients ages 0 through 20, lifetime expectancies have been reduced for 12 of the codes currently covered by Medicaid.  Prior approval guidelines for pediatric gait trainers and walkers have been added. 

Refer to Section 5.3.21 of Clinical Coverage Policy 5A, Durable Medical Equipment for more coverage details. 

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


Attention:  All Providers

Registration for the PASARR Segment of the Medicaid Uniform Screening Tool

The Pre-admission Screening and Annual Resident Review (PASARR) requires all individuals admitted to a nursing facility be screened before, or at the time of, admission and annually thereafter, according to federal regulations.  The PASARR segment of the Medicaid Uniform Screening Tool (MUST) was implemented on November 3, 2008.

Every provider who performs PASARR screenings or admits PASARR patients is strongly encouraged to register as a provider in the MUST application.  Access to the PASARR component of the MUST requires each application administrator and user to create a user account with North Carolina Identity Management (NCID) and then use that account to register their organization and/or themselves within the PASARR component.  Instructions for creating an NCID account and registering an organization are available on the MUST website.  Providers should acclimate themselves to the registration process by reviewing the “Getting Started” page on the MUST website.

Nursing facilities currently registered in the application must admit their patients into their facility using the application.  Please refer to “Chapter 10: Applicant Tracking” in the user documentation for instructions on admitting new applicants

If your organization has been registered in the application but you have not submitted any screenings, please submit any new PASARR screenings through the MUST application to obtain a quicker assignment of a PASARR number (not applicable in all situations).

For providers who were unable to attend one of the training sessions, or are in need of additional training, a one-on-one training is available to assist you in establishing your organization and navigating through the MUST application to submit a screening.  To sign up for a one-on-one training session, please visit the MUST website at and click on “Sign up for one-on-one training.”

Help and support are available from the MUST website.  The PASARR/Uniform Screening Helpdesk is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by dialing 800-688-6696, option 7.

As we continue to make refinements to the MUST PASARR application, your feedback is valuable.  You may be asked to complete a short survey.  Please take a few moments to complete the survey so that we know what areas need improvement.

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


Attention:  All Providers

Rotavirus Vaccine, Human, Attenuated, 2-dose Schedule, Live, for Oral Use (Rotarix, CPT Procedure 90681) – Billing Guidelines

Effective with date of service December 1, 2008, the N.C. Medicaid program recognized the oral rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix, as a covered vaccine in the Universal Childhood Vaccine Distribution (UCVDP)/Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.  This program provides all vaccines required by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Rotarix is a monovalent rotavirus vaccine, licensed for a two-dose series for children 2 months through 7 months of age.  Rotarix, billed with CPT procedure code 90681, is an alternative to the currently available oral rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, the pentavalent rotavirus vaccine licensed for a three-dose series, billed with CPT procedure code 90680.  

ACIP provisional recommendations for the use of rotavirus vaccines

Medicaid does not reimburse for the actual vaccine because state-supplied vaccine is available to all providers enrolled in the UCVDP/VFC program.  Medicaid will reimburse for a vaccine administration fee, if applicable.  When state-supplied Rotarix vaccine is administered, the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V04.89 (need for prophylactic vaccination and inoculation against certain viral diseases, other viral diseases) should be indicated on the claim when appropriate.  Refer to the April 2008 Special Bulletin, Health Check Billing Guide 2008 for detailed billing guidelines.

For Medicaid Billing

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


Attention: All Dental Providers and Health Department Dental Centers

American Dental Association Code Updates

Effective with date of service January 1, 2009, the following dental procedure code has been added for the N.C. Medicaid Dental Program.  This addition was a result of the Current Dental Terminology (CDT) 2009-2010 American Dental Association ( ADA) code updates.  Clinical Coverage Policy 4A, Dental Services has been updated to reflect these changes.

CDT 2009-2010 Code Description and Limitations
D3222
Partial pulpotomy for apexogenesis – permanent tooth with incomplete root development

  • limited to recipients under age 21
  • not allowed for the same tooth on the same date of service as D3220, D3230, D3240, D3310, D3320, or D3330
  • not to be construed as the first stage of root canal therapy

The Medicaid reimbursement for this procedure code will be added to the complete Dental Fee Schedule during the month of January 2009.  Providers are reminded to bill their usual and customary charges rather than the Medicaid rate. 

For coverage criteria and additional billing guidelines, please refer to Clinical Coverage Policy 4A, Dental Services.

Deferment of Inflationary Rate Increases

Annual rate adjustment for payment of Dental Services due per State Plan (4.19B Section 10) on January 1, 2009, will be 0.00%.  Effective October 1, 2008, DMA deferred implementation of inflationary adjustments allowed by SL 2008-107 (HB 2436).  This deferment applies to all providers except those exempted in the Conference Report, Section G, item 65.  This deferral affects those providers having rate adjustments with an effective date of October 1, 2008, and after.  The deferred adjustment is projected through June 1, 2009, at which time state funding availability will be re-evaluated.

Dental Program
DMA, 919-855-4280


Attention:  Independent Practitioners and Local Education Agencies

Code Addition

Effective with date of service January 1, 2009, the following new CPT procedure code has been added to the list of appropriate codes that Independent Practitioner and Local Education Agency physical therapists may now bill.  This code may not be billed for the same recipient on the same day by the same provider as any other physical therapy code.  It is the only physical therapy service allowed by that provider for the day.

New CPT Code Description
95992 Standard Canalith repositioning procedure(s) (eg, Epley maneuver, Semont maneuver), per day

Clinical Coverage Policies 10B, Independent Practitioners, and 10C, Local Education Agencies have been updated to reflect this code addition.

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


Attention:  N.C. Health Choice Providers

Changes to N.C. Health Choice Claims Processing System and N.C. Health Choice Benefit Cards

The N.C. Health Choice (NCHC) claims processor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, is moving to a new PowerMhs claims system in January 2009.  Starting January 17, 2009, NCHC providers will receive checks from the PowerMhs system for dates of service January 1, 2009, and forward.  Claim payments for dates prior to January 1, 2009, will continue to be paid using the current processing system.

Also, members are receiving new benefit cards with January 1, 2009, effective dates.  Depending on when a member’s eligibility is renewed, the member may receive two new NCHC benefit cards during the last few weeks of December 2008.  Providers will need to continue to verify eligibility before providing services and be sure to request the member’s correct benefit card.  These cards have different identification numbers.  Use the NCHC benefit card with the 2008 start date through December 31, 2008, for dates of service through December 31, 2008.  For dates of service January 1, 2009, and forward, request the NCHC benefit card with the January 1, 2009, start date.

Cinnamon Narron, NCHC Coordinator
NCHC, 919-284-0373


Attention:  Nurse Practitioners and Physicians

Bendamustine (Treanda, HCPCS Procedure Code J9999) – Additional Diagnosis Codes

The N.C. Medicaid Program covers bendamustine (Treanda) for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  Effective with date of service November 1, 2008, DMA is changing the coverage of Treanda to include the treatment of indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, to align with the new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

For Medicaid Billing:

The ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes required for billing Treanda are

Providers who received a claim detail denial related to the diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for dates of service November 1, 2008, and after, may resubmit the denied charges as a new claim (not as an adjustment request) for processing.

Providers must bill National Drug Codes (NDCs); a paper invoice is not required. 

Refer to the October 2008 Special Bulletin, National Drug Code Implementation Phase III, for instructions. 

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


Attention:  Nursing Facilities

Nursing Facility Provider Assessment Fee Increase

Effective January 1, 2009, DMA increased the skilled nursing facility provider assessment by one dollar ($1.00) over the assessment amount currently in effect.  This assessment increase shall be consistent with federal law and regulations for provider assessments.  Therefore, providers whose assessment is currently $4.00 will be increased to $5.00 and providers whose assessment is currently $10.50 will be increased to $11.50.  Rates effective for January 1, 2009, will reflect this assessment fee increase.

Rate Setting
DMA, 919-855-4200


Attention:  Nurse Practitioners and Physicians

Oxaliplatin (Eloxatin, HCPCS Procedure Code J9263) – Additional Diagnosis Codes

The N.C. Medicaid Program covers oxaliplatin (Eloxatin) for the treatment of patients with metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum whose disease has recurred or progressed during, or within six months of, completion of first-line therapy with the combination regimen of 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan.  DMA also covers Eloxatin for carcinoma of the pancreas.

Effective with date of service September 1, 2008, DMA is changing the coverage of Eloxatin to include malignant neoplasm of the esophagus and gastric carcinoma.

For Medicaid Billing

The ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes required for billing Eloxatin are

Providers who received a claim detail denial related to the diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of the stomach or esophagus for dates of service September 1, 2008, and after, may resubmit the denied charges as a new claim (not as an adjustment request) for processing.

Providers must bill National Drug Codes (NDCs).  Refer to the October 2008 Special Bulletin, National Drug Code Implementation Phase III, for instructions. 

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


Attention:  Nursing Facilities

Ventilator Rate Hour Change

CMS has approved a State Plan Amendment related to the Nursing Facility Policy that approves the ventilator rate be granted to providers for any patient in a vent bed, who is receiving 10 hours per day of ventilator care or more.  This changes the policy which in the past granted the ventilator rate to be paid to a provider that had a patient on a ventilator for at least 16 hours per day or more.  All other criteria such as rates, ventilator types and ventilator settings and patient condition requirements remain the same.  The ventilator request form currently sent to the physician will need to be sent for any patient who meets the new criteria.   

Providers will submit claims for these patients using their ventilator provider number as they do for the patients that currently meet the criteria.  This policy is effective as of January 1, 2009.

Margaret Comin, Facility and Community Care
DMA, 919-855-4355


Attention:  Orthotics and Prosthetics Providers

Annual Rate Adjustment Effective January 1, 2009

The orthotics and prosthetics annual rate adjustment that would normally be effective January 1, 2009, (according to 4.19B, Section 12 of the State Plan) has been deferred.  Therefore, no rate adjustment will be implemented on January 1, 2009.  However, there will be an updated fee schedule that includes new services effective January 1, 2009, and removes service codes that are no longer effective.

For more information, refer to the memo on Deferral of Rate Increases.

Financial Operations
DMA, 919-855-4240


Attention:  Personal Care Service Providers, CAP/DA Service Providers, and CAP/C Service Providers

Approval and Criteria for the Use of Telephony for In-home Personal Care Services Provided under the Medicaid PCS, PCS-Plus, CAP/DA, and CAP/C Programs

Effective January 1, 2009, the use of telephony systems to document the provision of in-home personal care services under the CAP/DA and CAP/C Programs is approved.  The use of telephony for in-home PCS and PCS-Plus was previously approved in December 2007 by the Division of Facility Services (now Division of Health Service Regulation), and that approval is reaffirmed through this bulletin article.

Provider Requirements

Provider agencies furnishing in-home personal care services under the Medicaid PCS, PCS-Plus, CAP/DA, and CAP/C programs must

Providers furnishing in-home PCS aide services under the above-referenced programs are required to orient all PCS aides to program requirements for service documentation under the telephony system and the implications of submitting inaccurate or falsified records.  Upon request from DMA, provider agencies must provide evidence that such an orientation has been completed for each aide.

The provider agencies referenced above shall, whenever possible, utilize the recipient’s landline to record the exact arrival and departure time of the PCS aide.  The system must be capable of verifying that this is the recipient’s telephone number.  If the recipient does not have a telephone landline, the PCS provider may use an authorized personal or agency cell phone; however, when a cell phone is used the recipient must verbally verify over the same cell phone that approved personal care services were received between the reported arrival and departure times.

These requirements must be addressed in the provider agency’s written policies and procedures and available for review upon request by DMA.

Minimum Telephony System Requirements

DMA will not approve or endorse specific types or brands of telephony systems.  The telephony system employed must provide, at a minimum, the following functionality:

The recipient is not required to sign a service log or otherwise verify that he or she received services during the scheduled visit when a telephony system is used.  If the telephony system meets the requirements of an aide signature on the service log, a printed hard copy with the aide signature on the log is not necessary.

Provider agencies employing telephony systems must take adequate precautions to prevent loss of data, such as off-site storage of backup disks or tapes, or, if necessary, backup hard copies of critical service and billing records to include service logs.

The provider agencies employing telephony must continue to comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, rules, regulations, policies, standards, and guidelines for recordkeeping under the Medicaid PCS, PCS-Plus, CAP/DA, and CAP/C programs.  CAP/DA and CAP/C case managers, at their discretion, can request and review telephony records prior to submitting them for Medicaid payment.

The provider agency must maintain a hard-copy recordkeeping system for those recipients who do not agree to participate in the telephony system, or when other circumstances prevent its use.

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


Attention:  Residential Child Care Treatment Facility Providers

Change in Re-enrollment Requirements for Residential Child Care Treatment Facility Providers

Providers of residential child services are no longer required to submit the Residential Child Care Re-enrollment Addendum to DMA annually.  Previously, providers were required to submit the Addendum along with their renewed license each year.  Effective immediately, DMA will be notified by Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) regarding license expiration and notified by the Local Management Entity (LMEs) regarding endorsement withdrawal.  Residential child care providers will still be required to submit a copy of their renewed license to DMA annually.  The license, with a cover letter addressed to DMA Provider Services RCC Enrollment Specialist, must be mailed to:

DMA Provider Services
RCC Enrollment Specialist
2501 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2501

Provider Services
DMA, 919-855-4050


Attention:  Enhanced Behavioral Health Services Providers

Rate Change

Medicaid providers enrolled to offer the services of Child and Adolescent Day Treatment, please note the following rate change:

Service Code Old Rate New Rate
H2012 HA $31.25/hour $34.75/hour

These rates are effective as of January 1, 2009.

Please refer to the Behavioral Health Services fee schedules for additional updates, which will be posted as changes are made.

Rate Setting
DMA, 919-855-4200


Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment and Applicability to Medicaid Services and Providers

Service limitations on scope, amount, duration, frequency, location of service, and other specific criteria stated in this publication may be exceeded or may not apply to recipients under 21 years of age if the provider's documentation shows that

This applies to both proposed and current limitations. Providers should review any information in this publication that contains limitations in the context of EPSDT and apply that information to their service requests for recipients under 21 years of age. A brief summary of EPSDT follows.

EPSDT is a federal Medicaid requirement (42 U.S.C. § 1396d(r) of the Social Security Act) that requires the coverage of services, products, or procedures for Medicaid recipients under 21 years of age if the service is medically necessary health care to correct or ameliorate a defect, physical or mental illness, or a condition [health problem] identified through a screening examination (including any evaluation by a physician or other licensed clinician).

This means that EPSDT covers most of the medical or remedial care a child needs to

Medically necessary services will be provided in the most economic mode possible, as long as the treatment made available is similarly efficacious to the service requested by the recipient's physician, therapist, or other licensed practitioner; the determination process does not delay the delivery of the needed service; and the determination does not limit the recipient's right to a free choice of providers.

EPSDT does not require the state Medicaid agency to provide any service, product, or procedure that is unsafe, ineffective, experimental, or investigational; that is not medical in nature; or that is not generally recognized as an accepted method of medical practice or treatment.

If the service, product, or procedure requires prior approval, the fact that the recipient is under 21 years of age does not eliminate the requirement for prior approval.

For important additional information about EPSDT, please visit the following websites:


Proposed Clinical Coverage Policies

In accordance with NCGS §108A-54.2, 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 Proposed Clinical Coverage Policies web page.  Providers without Internet access can submit written comments to the address listed below.

Loretta Bohn
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.


2009 Checkwrite Schedule

Month Electronic Cut-Off Date Checkwrite Date
January
01/08/09
01/13/09
01/15/09
01/21/09
01/22/09
01/29/09
01/29/09
02/03/09

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.

Tara R. Larson
Acting Director
Division of Medical Assistance
Department of Health and Human Services

Melissa Robinson
Executive Director
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