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Effective August 1, 2018,
Independence will update its reimbursement position on the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes used to report consultation services provided to Independence’s Medicare Advantage HMO and PPO members. Based on a review of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) standards, Independence will no longer recognize the following CPT consultation codes as eligible for reimbursement:
99241, 99251, 99242, 99252, 99243, 99253, 99244, 99254, 99245, 99255
When rendering services to Independence Medicare Advantage HMO and PPO members, all providers should report the code(s) representing the appropriate level of evaluation and management (E&M) service in lieu of consultation codes.
This change to our reimbursement position for CPT consultation codes used to report consultation services also affects our Medicare Advantage policies on preoperative anesthesia consultations and Modifier 25 as outlined below.
Changes to the following Medicare Advantage policies will also go into effect
August 1, 2018:
#MA01.002: Preoperative Consultations Performed by Providers in Anesthesia Specialties:
This policy will be
and anesthesia providers should report the CPT codes that represent the most appropriate level of E&M service.
#MA03.003d: Modifier 25: Significant, Separately Identifiable Evaluation and Management Service by the Same Physician or Other Qualified Health Care Professional on the Same Day of the Procedure or Other Service:
The following CPT codes will be removed from this policy and will no longer be eligible for reimbursement: 99241, 99242, 99243, 99244, and 99245
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) consultation codes are not eligible for reimbursement. The appropriate level of Evaluation and Management (E&M) service should be reported.
For a list of CPT consultation codes, refer to the Coding Table in this policy.
This policy is consistent with Medicare’s coverage determination.
A consultation is a type of service provided by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional whose opinion or advice regarding the evaluation and management (E/M) of a specific clinical problem is requested by another physician or other qualified healthcare professional.
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS]. Medicare Claims Processing Manual: Chapter 12 - Physicians/Nonphysicians Practitioners. 07/25/2019. Available at: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Manuals/downloads/clm104c12.pdf
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). MLN Matters® Number: MM6740. Revisions to Consultation Services Payment Policy. Available at:
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