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February 2018 | Bulletin 160

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1. Update: Gender Specification Removed from BCCTP Aid Codes

Effective for dates of service on or after March 1, 2018, gender specification has been removed from Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) aid codes. All individuals, regardless of identified gender, who have met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) screening criteria, or were screened by a CDC provider, are eligible for breast and cervical cancer treatment.

Additionally, individuals under 65 years of age and known to Medi-Cal as lacking satisfactory immigration status are not eligible for BCCTP Presumptive Eligibility.

This information is reflected in the following provider manual(s):

Provider Manual(s) Page(s) Updated
Part 1
aid codes (18, 19)
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2. Phase 2: RTD Generation to Be Discontinued

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is phasing out the generation of Resubmission Turnaround Documents (RTDs) (Form 65-1). The discontinuation of RTDs will both increase claims processing efficiency and reduce costs.

RTDs will be discontinued in multiple phases. The first phase was implemented in November 2017 and the second phase was implemented in February 2018. The third phase is expected to implement in the second quarter of 2018. The new process will deny claims submitted with questionable or missing information instead of generating an RTD. As DHCS transitions from the use of RTDs to claim denials, providers can expect to receive fewer RTDs. When the project is completed, the use of RTDs will be completely discontinued.

Providers are encouraged to routinely check the Medi-Cal website for more information.

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3. Diabetes Prevention Program Established for Medi-Cal

Effective July 10, 2017, Senate Bill 97 (Chapter 52, Statutes of 2017), requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to establish the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) within the Medi-Cal fee-for-service and managed care delivery systems, consistent with the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The DPP curriculum will promote realistic lifestyle changes, emphasizing weight loss through exercise, healthy eating and behavior modification.

A core benefit of Medi-Cal's DPP will include 22 peer-coaching sessions over 12 months, which will be provided regardless of weight loss. Participants who achieve and maintain a minimum weight loss of 5 percent by the conclusion of the 12 month period will also be eligible to receive ongoing maintenance sessions to help them continue healthy lifestyle behaviors. SB 97 also requires that Medi-Cal providers choosing to offer DPP services comply with CDC guidance and obtain CDC recognition in connection with the National DPP.

The benefit will be available to eligible Medi-Cal recipients on January 1, 2019. DHCS is working with its Managed Care Plans, the Department of Public Health, Public Health Advocates and other interested stakeholders to discuss policy implications and potential collaborations. DHCS will begin drafting its policy and submit a CMS State Plan Amendment in 2018. To join the stakeholder list and to submit questions or comments, email

DHCS is conducting a provider survey to better understand how Medi-Cal providers discuss prediabetes with their patients and to receive any comments or concerns regarding Medi-Cal's DPP benefit. DHCS would appreciate provider's feedback through a short 10-minute survey.

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4. March 2018 Medi-Cal Provider Seminar

The next Medi-Cal provider seminar is scheduled for March 13, 2018, at the Red Lion Hotel Redding in Redding, California. Providers can access a class schedule for the seminar by visiting the Provider Training page of the Medi-Cal Learning Portal (MLP) and clicking the seminar date(s) they would like to attend. Providers may RSVP by logging in to the MLP.

Throughout the year, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the DHCS Fiscal Intermediary (FI) for Medi-Cal, conduct Medi-Cal training seminars. These seminars, which target both novice and experienced providers and billing staff, cover the following topics:

Providers must register and request by January 30, 2018, to receive a hard copy of the Medi-Cal provider training workbooks on the date(s) of training. After January 30, 2018, the workbooks will be available only by download on the Medi-Cal Provider Training Workbooks web page of the Medi-Cal website.

Note:   Wi-Fi will not be provided at the seminar. Please plan accordingly.

Providers that require more in-depth claim and billing information have the option to receive one-on-one claims assistance, which is available at all seminars, in the Claims Assistance Room.

Providers may also schedule a custom billing workshop. On the Lookup Regional Representative web page, enter the ZIP code for the area you wish to search and click the “Enter ZIP Code” button. The name of the designated field representative for your area will appear on the map. To contact a regional representative, providers must first contact the Telephone Service Center (TSC) at 1-800-541-5555 and request to be contacted by a representative.

Providers are encouraged to bookmark the Provider Training web page and refer to it often for current seminar information.

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