Family PACT Update

March 2013 | Bulletin 66

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2. Age Eligibility Update for Cervical Screening

Effective for dates of service on or after May 1, 2013, the following cervical screening codes are restricted to women ages 21 through 65 regardless of sexual history:

CPT-4 Code Description
88142 Cytopathology, cervical or vaginal (any reporting system), collected in preservative fluid, automated thin layer preparation; manual screening under physician supervision
88143 with manual screening and rescreening under physician supervision
88147 Cytopathology smears, cervical or vaginal; screening by automated system under physician supervision
88148 screening by automated system with manual rescreening under physician supervision
88164 Cytopathology, slides, cervical or vaginal (the Bethesda System); manual screening under physician supervision
88165 with manual screening and rescreening under physician supervision
88167 with manual screening and computer-assisted rescreening using cell selection and review under physician supervision
88174 Cytopathology, cervical or vaginal (any reporting system), collected in preservative fluid, automated thin layer preparation; screening by automated system, under physician supervision
88175 with screening by automated system and manual rescreening or review under physician supervision

Reimbursement may be made for services provided to women younger than 21 years or over the age of 65 who have, or do not have, a cervix. However, the ordering provider must document on the laboratory order, and the laboratory provider must document in the Remarks field (Box 80)/Reserved for Local Use field (Box 19) of the claim (or attached to the claim) that the woman meets one or more of the following:

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3. CMC Error Messages for HIPAA 4010 Transactions

Effective April 1, 2013, Computer Media Claims (CMC) submissions will only be accepted in the HIPAA 5010 format. All ASC X12N 837 v.4010A1 transactions submitted on or after April 1, 2013, will be deleted with CMC error codes 58: Media type/claim type not valid for this submitter and 55: Submitter/claim type not approved for included attachment.

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4. Provider Orientation

Family PACT

Medi-Cal providers seeking enrollment in the Family PACT (Planning, Access, Care and Treatment) Program are required to attend a Provider Orientation. Dates for upcoming orientations are listed below. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the orientation begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Individual and group providers wishing to enroll must send a physician-owner to the session. Non-profit and government clinics seeking to enroll must send their medical director, physician or nurse practitioner who is responsible for oversight of medical services rendered at the service site where the provider wants to enroll.

Office staff members, such as clinic managers, billing supervisors and client eligibility enrollment supervisors, are welcome to attend. However, these staff members are not eligible to receive a Certificate of Attendance. Online modules and previously recorded webcasts are available on the Family PACT website for currently enrolled providers and their staff to view to remain current with program policies and services.

Provider Orientation Highlights

Please note the upcoming provider orientation sessions:

April 16, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The California Endowment
Oakland Conference Center
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 271-4305

May 30, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
East End Complex Training Center
1500 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-0389

Los Angeles
June 18, 19 or 20, 2013
3 Orientations – Space Limited
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The California Endowment Center
1000 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 928-8613

To register for an orientation, providers should:

Registration is to be submitted in an electronic format. If you experience problems using the “submit” button, please fax the registration form to (916) 440-5634.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Orientation sessions start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and end by 4 p.m. At the orientation session, providers must present the following:

Note:  Individuals representing a clinic or physician group should use the clinic or group NPI, not an individual NPI or license number.

Certificate of Attendance
Upon completion of the orientation session, each prospective new Family PACT medical provider will receive a Certificate of Attendance.The original certificate will be retained by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Office of Family Planning, Family PACT Provider Enrollment, along with your completed Family PACT application. Providers arriving late or leaving early will not receive a Certificate of Attendance. Currently enrolled Family PACT providers do not receive a certificate.

Contact Information
For more information about the Family PACT Program, please call 1-800-942-1054 or visit the
Family PACT website.

The Family PACT Program was established in January 1997 to expand access to comprehensive family planning services for low-income California residents.


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