Medi-Cal Update

Inpatient Services | July 2018 | Bulletin 526

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1. Electronic SAR Now Supports Attachments

California Children’s Services (CCS) and Genetically Handicapped Persons Program (GHPP) providers can now submit Service Authorization Requests (SARs) in an electronic format (eSAR) with attachments. Attachments must be in format of PDF, JPG or TIF. Attachments must be less than 15 megabytes (MB) in size, with the sum of all attachments being less than 150 MB. This feature aims to eliminate the paper SAR process for providers with internet connectivity.

To submit eSARs, providers must:

Then, select one of the available options to submit:

Registered providers and clearinghouses can complete and submit the eSAR requests on behalf of the providers and facilities in their network.

Paper SAR submissions remain an option for low-volume SAR providers or submitters who may have technical limitations or practical reasons to do so.

Providers interested in learning more about eSAR submissions should contact the CMS Net Help Desk at cmshelp@dhcs.ca.gov or 1-866-685-8449 for helpful guidance and additional information.

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

Provider Manual(s) Page(s) Updated
Audiology and Hearing Aids
Chronic Dialysis Clinics
Clinics and Hospitals
Durable Medical Equipment
General Medicine
Home Health Agencies/Home and Community-Based Services
Inpatient Services
Local Educational Agency
Medical Transportation
Obstetrics
Orthotics and Prosthetics
Pharmacy
Psychological Services
Rehabilitation Clinics
Therapies
Vision Care
cal child sar (12); genetic (4)
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2. Updates to Molecular Pathology CPT-4 Codes

Effective for dates of service on or after August 1, 2018, HCPCS code 81310 (NPM1 [nucleophosmin] gene analysis, exon 12 variants) is a new Medi-Cal benefit. One of the following ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes is required on the claim: C92.00 – C92.02. Code 81310 has a frequency limit of once in a lifetime with TAR override. In addition, the following policy updates have been made to genetic testing for acute leukemia and human leukocyte antigen typing CPT-4 codes:

CPT-4 Code Description ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes Added
81120 IDH1 (isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 [NADP+], soluble), common variants C92.00 – C92.02
81121 IDH2 (isocitrate dehydrogenase 2 [NADP+], mitochondrial), common variants C92.00 – C92.02
81245 FLT3 (fms-related tyrosine kinase 3), gene analysis; internal tandem duplication (ITD) variants C92.00 – C92.02
81246 FLT3 (fms-related tyrosine kinase 3), gene analysis; tyrosine kinase domain (TKD) variants C92.00 – C92.02
81270 JAK2 (Janus kinase 2) gene analysis, p. Val617Phe (V617F) variant C91.00 – C91.02
81381 HLA Class I typing, high resolution; one allele or allele group, each Z01.812

CPT-4 Code Description New Treatment Authorization Request (TAR) Documentation Criteria
81405 Molecular pathology procedure, level 6 WT1 (Wilms tumor 1) – full gene sequence – The patient has suspected or confirmed acute myeloid leukemia, and the result of the test will influence the diagnosis, prognosis and/or therapeutic management
81407 Molecular pathology procedure, level 8 NOTCH1 (notch 1) – full gene sequence – The patient has suspected or confirmed acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and the result of the test will influence the diagnosis, prognosis and/or therapeutic management

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

Provider Manual(s) Page(s) Updated
Clinics and Hospitals
General Medicine
Obstetrics
path molec (2, 12, 15, 20, 47, 55, 57); tar and non cd8 (2)
Inpatient Services tar and non cd8 (2)
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3. Reminder: Voluntary Inpatient Detoxification is a Medi-Cal Benefit

In accordance with Senate Bill X1 1 (Hernandez, Chapter 4, Statutes of 2013), Section 29, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, voluntary inpatient detoxification is a Medi-Cal benefit for qualifying recipients, as medically necessary.

The detoxification services are fee-for-service benefits, reimbursed by diagnosis-related groups (DRG) methodology for inpatient general acute care hospitals that do not participate in certified public expenditure (CPE) reimbursement and reimbursed by CPE for designated public hospitals providing inpatient general acute care services.

Claims for voluntary inpatient detoxification should be submitted to the Medi-Cal Fiscal Intermediary (FI) as this service is not covered by Managed Care Plans (MCPs). The detoxification services must be identified on the claim in the Remarks field (Box 80) as “Voluntary Inpatient Detox,” or “Voluntary Inpatient Detoxification” or “VID.”

Facilitating TAR Approval
While not required for a medical necessity review of the Treatment Authorization Request (TAR), providers are encouraged to note “Voluntary Inpatient Detoxification” in the Medical Justification field of the paper TAR or “VID” in the special handling option of the eTAR. The documentation ensures the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is able to track service utilization.

For additional information, providers may refer to the following article:

Medi-Cal Benefits Expanded to Include Voluntary Inpatient Detoxification

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

Provider Manual(s) Page(s) Updated
Inpatient Services diagnosis ip (12)
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4. Reminder: VeriFone VX 520 POS Device to Decommission in July 2018

In July 2018, the VeriFone VX 520 Point of Service (POS) device will be decommissioned. Providers may contact the POS Help Desk at 1-800-541-5555 (option 5, followed by option 6) for information about the decommission and for options.

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5. National Correct Coding Initiative Quarterly Update for July 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the quarterly National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) payment policy updates. These mandatory national edits have been incorporated into the Medi-Cal claims processing system and are valid for dates of service on or after July 1, 2018.

For additional information, refer to The National Correct Coding Initiative in Medicaid page of the Medicaid website.

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6. A New Way to Subscribe – Contact Medi-Cal Subscription Service Representatives

Medi-Cal is committed to keeping you up-to-date on the latest Medi-Cal news and policy updates.

The Medi-Cal Subscription Service (MCSS) is a free service that provides subscribers with personalized email notifications for urgent, high-impact announcements and monthly news/policy updates as they post to the Medi-Cal website.

Providers can now contact MCSS representatives directly at MCSSCalifornia@conduent.com to subscribe and for assistance with managing subscriptions. Subscribing is simple and free!

If you have not yet subscribed to MCSS, Medi-Cal encourages you to utilize one of the following two methods to subscribe.

To subscribe by email:
  1. Download the linked MCSS Subscriber Form

  2. Enter your name, email address, ZIP code and subscriber type in the appropriate fields

  3. Customize your subscription by selecting subject areas for NewsFlash announcements, Medi-Cal Update bulletins and/or System Status Alerts

  4. Attach your completed form to an email and send to MCSSCalifornia@conduent.com
To subscribe online:
  1. Go to the MCSS Subscriber Form page on the Medi-Cal website

  2. Enter your email address and ZIP code, and select a subscriber type from the drop-down menu

  3. Customize your subscription by selecting subject areas for NewsFlash announcements, Medi-Cal Update bulletins and/or System Status Alerts

  4. Click “Subscribe Now” at the bottom of the page

After the form has been received, a welcome email will be sent to the provided email address. If you are unable to locate the welcome email in your inbox, check your junk email folder.

For more information about MCSS, visit the MCSS Help page.

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7. August 2018 Medi-Cal Provider Seminar

The August Medi-Cal provider seminar is scheduled for August 14 – 15, 2018, at the Sacramento Marriott in Sacramento, California. Providers can access a class schedule for the seminar by visiting the Provider Training web 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 by July 31, 2018, to receive a hard copy of the Medi-Cal provider training workbooks on the date(s) of training. After July 31, 2018, the workbooks will be available only by download on the Medi-Cal Provider Training Workbooks 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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8. Get the Latest Medi-Cal News: Subscribe to MCSS Today

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The Medi-Cal Subscription Service (MCSS) is a free service that keeps you up-to-date on the latest Medi-Cal news. Subscribers receive subject-specific emails shortly after urgent announcements and other updates post on the Medi-Cal website.

Subscribing is simple and free!

  1. Go to the MCSS Subscriber Form

  2. Enter your email address and ZIP code and select a subscriber type

  3. Customize your subscription by selecting subject areas for NewsFlash announcements, Medi-Cal Update bulletins and/or System Status Alerts

After submitting the form, a welcome email will be sent to the provided email address. If you are unable to locate the welcome email in your inbox, check your junk email folder.

For more information about MCSS, please visit the MCSS Help page.

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