July 9, 2020

ISASS Supports Letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Requesting Elimination of Budget Neutrality Adjustments to Physician Payments for 2020

ISASS Supports Letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Requesting Elimination of Budget Neutrality Adjustments to Physician Payments for 2020 On June 30, 2020, multiple organizations, including ISASS, sent a letter to Alex Azar, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to remove budget neutrality negative adjustments under the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The organizations indicated support for the actions of the CMS in last year’s Medicare physician payment final rule to utilize the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel coding framework, and AMA Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) recommended values for office and outpatient visits starting January 1, 2021. The framework was the result of […]
July 9, 2020

CMS Releases 2021 ICD-10 Procedure Codes for Facility Coding

CMS Releases 2021 ICD-10 Procedure Codes for Facility Coding On June 9, 2020, CMS released updated codes in the 2021 ICD-10-Procedure Coding System (PCS). These new codes include surgical procedures for the spine used by many facilities in which ISASS surgeons operate. These new codes will allow greater tracking and appropriate payment for spine surgery technologies. The new codes will be in effect from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021, and were announced in the 2021 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule in June 2020. Visit the CMS website for the full list of ICD-10-PCS codes and for more information: https://www.cms.gov/medicare/icd-10/2021-icd-10-pcs
June 12, 2020

Position Statement on Cervical and Lumbar Disc Replacements (2019)

Position Statement on Cervical and Lumbar Disc Replacements (2019) Authors:  Gregory D. Schroeder MD, Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD, MBA, Srikanth N. Divi, MD, Ariana A. Reyes, BS, Dhruv K.C. Goyal, BA, Frank M Phillips MD, Jack Zigler MD Introduction: Cervical and lumbar degenerative disc disease are well known causes of neck and back pain in spine patients. The estimated 1-year incidence rate of neck pain and any episode of lower back pain is 10.4% to 21.3%1,2 and 1.5% to 36%3, respectively. Previous reports demonstrate significant socioeconomic effects of these common complaints.4,5 Currently, initial conservative treatment and ultimately fusion procedures are potential extremes of options for treatment of recalcitrant cervical and lumbar degenerative disc disease. Despite past reports of improved […]
June 10, 2020

CMS Provides Retrospective Payment for Telephone Evaluation and Management Visits During COVID-19 Emergency

The March 30 Interim Final Rule with Comment Period added coverage during the Public Health Emergency for audio-only telephone evaluation and management visits (CPT codes 99441, 99442, and 99443) retroactive to March 1. On April 30, a new Physician Fee Schedule was implemented, increasing the payment rate for these codes. Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will reprocess claims for those services that they previously denied and/or paid at the lower rate. There are also a number of add-on services (CPT codes 90785, 90833, 90836, 90838, 96160, 96161, 99354, 99355, and G0506) that Medicare may have denied during this Public Health Emergency. MACs will reprocess those claims for dates of service on or after March 1. You do not need to do anything to […]