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Vision Care | January 2022 | Bulletin 528

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1. Medi-Cal Rx Transition: Changes to Medi-Cal Providers Website Implemented

Effective January 1, 2022, Medi-Cal Rx is fully implemented. As part of this transition, the pharmacy Medi-Cal provider manual and Medi-Cal Providers website have been updated to remove or alter billing policy and information regarding pharmacy claims, where appropriate.

Non-pharmacy providers are not affected by this change. However, some manual sections that are distributed to non-pharmacy provider communities were updated to reflect these pharmacy-related changes. Non-pharmacy providers are being notified of what sections were updated for their own records, but providers are reminded that only billing policy or submission guidance related to pharmacy claims (hard copy or electronic) were affected by this change.

Provider Manual(s) Page(s) Updated
Part 1 claim pay (2); claim sub (1–3); cmc enroll (2, 5); elect (7); elig rec (2); mcp cohs (2–5, 9); mcp gmc (4, 5, 7, 10); mcp imperial (4, 5, 7); mcp prim (3, 4); mcp spec (5); mcp two plan (5, 7, 8); medicare (6, 8); obra (3, 5); other guide (2, 4); percent (3, 5, 7); point frm1 net (2, 4); prog (6, 11); prov reg (4, 10, 13); prov rel (5, 8); prov rel frm1 ref (1); prov tele (1, 5–8, 20, 25); remit (2); tar (6, 9, 13)
Acupuncture appeal form (2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); cif sp (3, 4, 6); oth hlth (2); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4)
AIDS Waiver Program
Multipurpose Senior Services Program
appeal form (2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); oth hlth (2); physician ndc (1); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4)
Audiology and Hearing Aids
Medical Transportation
Orthotics and Prosthetics
Psychological Services
Therapies
appeal form (2); cal child (5, 6); cal child bil guide (1, 2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); cif sp (3, 4, 6); genetic (3, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16); medi cr cms (1–4, 7–11, 18); oth hlth (2); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); tar comp (4, 10–14); tar defer (2, 4–14); tar field (5, 6, 15, 16)
Chronic Dialysis Clinics appeal form (2); cal child (5, 6); cal child bil guide (1, 2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); genetic (3, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16); immun (1); oth hlth (2); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); tar comp (4, 10–14); tar defer (2, 4–14); tar field (5, 6, 15, 16)
Chiropractic appeal form (2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); cif sp (3, 4, 6); medi cr cms (1–4, 7–11, 18); oth hlth (2); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4)
Clinics and Hospitals appeal form (2); cal child (5, 6); cal child bil guide (1, 2); chemo an over (1); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); genetic (3, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16); immun (1); oth hlth (2); physician ndc (1); prev (2, 5, 9, 10, 17, 18); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); subacut lev (2, 3); tar comp (4, 10–14); tar defer (2, 4–14); tar field (5, 6, 15, 16)
Community-Based Adult Services
Heroin Detoxification
Hospice Care Program
appeal form (2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); oth hlth (2); physician ndc (1); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); tar comp (4, 10–14); tar defer (2, 4–4); tar field (5, 6, 15, 16)
Durable Medical Equipment appeal form (2); cal child (5, 6); cal child bil guide (1, 2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); cif sp (3, 4, 6); enteral (1, 2, 15); genetic (3, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16); mc sup (1, 2, 5, 7, 8 , 9, 13); medi cr cms (1–4, 7–11, 18); oth hlth (2); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); tar comp (4, 10–14); tar defer (2, 4–14); tar field (5, 6, 15, 16)
General Medicine appeal form (2); cal child (5, 6); cal child bil guide (1, 2); chemo an over (1); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); cif sp (3, 4, 6); genetic (3, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16); immun (1); medi cr cms (1–4, 7–11, 18); oth hlth (2); physician ndc (1); prev (2, 5, 9, 10, 17, 18); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); subacut lev (2, 3); tar comp (4, 10–14); tar defer (2, 4–14); tar field (5, 6, 15, 16)
Home Health Agencies/Home and Community-Based Services appeal form (2); cal child (5, 6); cal child bil guide (1, 2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); genetic (3, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16); oth hlth (2); physician ndc (1); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); tar comp (4, 10–14); tar defer (2, 4–14); tar field (5, 6, 15, 16)
Inpatient Services appeal form (2); cal child (5, 6); cal child bil guide (1, 2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); genetic (3, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16); oth hlth (2); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); tar comp (4, 10–14); tar defer (2, 4–14); tar field (5, 6, 15, 16)
Local Educational Agency appeal form (2); cal child (5, 6); cal child bil guide (1, 2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); genetic (3, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16); oth hlth (2); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4)
Long Term Care appeal form (2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); oth hlth (2); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); subacut lev (2, 3); tar defer (2, 4–14); tar field (5, 6, 15, 16)
Obstetrics appeal form (2); cal child (5, 6); cal child bil guide (1, 2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); cif sp (3, 4, 6); genetic (3, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16); immun (1); medi cr cms (1–4, 7–11, 18); oth hlth (2); physician ndc (1); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); tar comp (4, 10–14); tar defer (2, 4–14); tar field (5, 6, 15, 16)
Rehabilitation Clinics appeal form (2); cal child (5, 6); cal child bil guide (1, 2); cif co (1–3, 6, 8, 9); cif sp (3, 4, 6); genetic (3, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16); immun (1); oth hlth (2); physician ndc (1); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); tar comp (4, 10–14); tar defer (2, 4–14); tar field (5, 6, 15, 16)
Vision Care appeal form (2); cal child (5, 6); cal child bil guide (1, 2); genetic (3, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16); oth hlth (2); prov bil (1); remit adv (2); remit pay (2, 4); tar defer (2, 4–14)

2. Sensorimotor Date of Service Correction

The effective date of service policy for CPT® code 92060 (Sensorimotor examination with multiple measurements of ocular deviation (e.g., restrictive or paretic muscle with diplopia) with interpretation and report (separate procedure) has been updated from July 1, 2021 to July 1, 2011.

An Erroneous Payment Correction (EPC) will be implemented to reprocess denied claims with dates of service on or after the effective date of this billing policy, that were appropriately submitted based on the guidance published in this article, but erroneously denied because Medi-Cal had not yet implemented the system changes to support appropriate adjudication. Providers may also elect to use this updated billing policy to correct and resubmit previously denied claims as described in the CIF Submission and Timeliness Instructions section of the Provider Manual.

3. Minor Consent Program: Mental Health Outpatient Care Eligibility

The Minor Consent program provides that a minor may, without parental consent, receive services related to sexual assault, pregnancy and pregnancy-related services, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, drug and alcohol abuse, and outpatient mental health treatment and counseling.

Minor consent services are confidential, and parents are not to be contacted regarding their child’s receipt of the requested services, with the following exception:

  • State law requires that the parents or guardians of a minor receiving outpatient mental health treatment or counseling, or services for drug or alcohol-related problems be contacted and encouraged to participate in the treatment.

  • However, the parents or guardian may not be contacted if the health care professional treating the minor believes it would not be advantageous to the minor to have parents or guardian involved.

Minor consent eligibility is for a period of one month, except for covered outpatient mental health treatment and counseling services as recommended by a mental health professional.

The following describes changes effective immediately for the Minor Consent program and eligibility to outpatient mental health treatment and counseling services.

Minors requesting outpatient mental health treatment and counseling services must submit to the county welfare department a letter from a mental health professional which states that the minor needs mental health treatment or counseling and the estimated length of time treatment will be needed. In addition, the statement must specify that the minor meets both of the following:

Minor is mature enough to participate intelligently in the mental health treatment or counseling, and is one of the following:

  1. In danger of causing serious physical or mental harm to self or others without mental health treatment or counseling; OR

  2. An alleged victim of incest or child abuse

For purposes of the Medi-Cal Minor Consent program, a mental health professional is a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor; licensed clinical social worker; licensed educational psychologist; credentialed school psychologist; clinical psychologist; licensed psychologist; or psychiatrist.

Minor Consent applicants approved for the category of services that includes outpatient mental health treatment and counseling services will not need to reapply for Minor Consent services for the length of time indicated on the letter from the mental health professional, up to six months. If it is determined that the minor is in need of additional outpatient mental health treatment or counseling services beyond the length of time indicated on the original letter, a new letter from a mental health professional will be required.

Note: The ways in which a minor may apply or recertify for the Minor Consent program have been expanded to include both in person and by phone. For more information on Telephonic applications for the Minor Consent program please refer to MEDIL 21-09.

4. Safety Net Clinic Billing Instructions for CalAIM Dental Initiatives

Effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2022, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) implemented the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) dental initiatives statewide. CalAIM dental initiatives are based on the successful outcomes of the Dental Transformation Initiative (DTI), which was implemented in certain counties from 2016 to 2021 under the 2020 Medi-Cal 1115 Waiver.

CalAIM dental initiatives include pay-for-performance payments for preventive services and continuity of care/establishing a dental home, and two new program benefits: caries-risk assessment (CRA) bundle for children ages zero to six and application of caries arresting medicament silver diamine fluoride (SDF).

For the pay-for-performance payments, Indian Health Services, Memorandum of Agreement (IHS-MOA), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Tribal FQHCs and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), also referred to as Safety Net Clinics (SNCs), must submit detailed claims data to the Dental Fiscal Intermediary (FI) following the guidelines below for the new CRA and SDF benefits. In addition to the pay-for-performance payments, dental services will be reimbursable at the clinic’s established per-visit rate via the Medi-Cal FI using the billing instructions in the Rural and Indian Health Provider, Tribal FQHC Manuals.

Pay-for-Performance Payments

  • Preventive services, paid at seventy-five percent of the standard Schedule of Maximum Allowances (SMA) fee for each paid preventive service

    • The Current Dental Terminology (CDT) procedures eligible for this pay-for-performance payment are as follows:

    • Ages 0 to 20:

      • D1120, prophylaxis, child

      • D1206, topical application of fluoride varnish

      • D1208, topical application of fluoride - excluding varnish

      • D1351, sealant - per tooth

      • D1352, preventive resin restoration in a modern to high caries risk patient, permanent tooth

      • D1510, space maintainer - fixed, unilateral - per quadrant

      • D1516, space maintainer - fixed - bilateral, maxillary

      • D1517, space maintainer - fixed - bilateral, mandibular

      • D1526, space maintainer - removable, maxillary

      • D1527, space maintainer - removable, mandibular

      • D1551, re-cement or re-bond bilateral space maintainer - maxillary

      • D1552, re-cement or re-bond bilateral space maintainer - mandibular

      • D1553, re-cement or re-bond unilateral space maintainer - per quadrant

      • D1556, removal of fixed unilateral space maintainer - per quadrant

      • D1557, removal of fixed bilateral space maintainer - maxillary

      • D1558, removal of fixed bilateral space maintainer - mandibular

      • D1575, distal shoe space maintainer - fixed, unilateral - per quadrant

    • Ages 21 or older:

      • D1320, tobacco counseling for the control and prevention of oral disease

      • D1999, unspecified preventive procedure, by report

  • Continuity of care paid at $55 annually for each beneficiary who receives at least one annual dental exam for two or more years in a row at the same dental service office location (dental home).

    • The CDT procedures eligible for this pay-for-performance payment are as follows:

      • D0120, periodic oral evaluation - established patient

      • D0145, oral evaluation for a patient under three years of age and counseling with primary caregiver

      • D0150, comprehensive oral evaluation - new or established patient

  • Pay-for-performance payments are issued to providers once per month and inclusive of both preventive services and continuity of care.

  • To earn pay-for-performance payments, SNCs must send qualifying paid claims data (including CDT codes for services rendered) to the Dental FI for processing and payment. Claims must be submitted within 12 months of the date of service to qualify for payment. Claims may be submitted electronically through the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) process, or the proprietary paper form submission process described on the CalAIM Dental web page. The proprietary mailing address is:
  • Medi-Cal Dental Operations
    SNC Paper Encounter Submissions
    PO Box 13189
    Sacramento, CA   95813-3189

New Benefits

The new benefits described below are reimbursable at the clinic’s established per-visit rate.

  • CRA and nutritional counseling bundle for children ages zero to six.

    • All providers are required to take and complete the Treating Young Kids Everyday (TYKE) training hosted by the California Dental Association to provide CRA treatment to patients. If a provider has previously completed the TYKE training for DTI, they do not have to retake the training.
    • Certification of completion must remain on file for audit purposes.

    • Providers must use the CRA forms, which are posted on the DHCS CalAIM Dental These forms must remain on file for audit purposes.

  • SDF application for children ages zero to six and for individuals of all ages for whom non-restorative caries treatment is optimal (including the Department of Developmental Services [DDS] population, those living in Skilled Nursing Facilities/Intermediate Care Facilities [SNFs/ICFs], or those with another demonstrated medical necessity).

Providers are reminded that treatment plans should be patient-centered and equitable. Per Medi-Cal Dental policy, providers shall minimize the number of dental visits for the patient when applicable, feasible, and consistent with the standard of care. Documentation should follow requirements established in the Medi-Cal Dental Provider Handbook and Manual of Criteria, and should indicate the medical necessity of any additional visits required for treatment. In most cases, SDF/caries arresting medicaments should be applied during the regular dental exam, prophylaxis appointments, or during CRA appointments.

5. 2022 ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes Update

Effective for dates of service on or after October 1, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is modifying the short and long descriptions of ICD-10-CM (Clinical Modifications) and ICD-10-PCS (Procedure Coding System) diagnosis codes as part of the 2022 annual ICD-10-CM and ICD-10 PCS update.

Information and downloads for these codes can be found at the ICD-10 Web page of the CMS website. Specific billing policy related to this update will be published in a future Medi-Cal Update.

6. Medi-Cal Provider “Coffee Break” Event

In April, June and September 2022, we will be holding our “coffee break” event. This event is a 45-minute open discussion to address various Medi-Cal topics. Field Representatives will be available to discuss billing related guidance and address your questions.

There are multiple morning and afternoon sessions available at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for each date. Providers are encouraged to routinely check the Medi-Cal website for information regarding the coffee break topics for the month.

Providers must register through the Medi-Cal Learning Portal Event Calendar. First time users must complete a one-time registration. A short video is available for instructions on how to register for one of these sessions.

For additional assistance, please contact the Telephone Service Center (TSC) at 1-800-541-5555.

7. March Virtual Claims Assistance Room (CAR) Event

Receive free one-on-one billing assistance at our Virtual Claims Assistance Room (CAR) Event scheduled for the month of March.

There are multiple morning and afternoon sessions available. Providers must register through the Medi Cal Learning Portal using the Event Calendar.

Reminder: First time users must complete a one-time registration. There is a link to a short video in the descriptive text under the “Provider Seminars and Webinars” tile on the Medi-Cal Learning Portal homepage, that gives directions on how to register for one of these sessions. Providers can also download the video file.

Providers are encouraged to bring their more complex billing issues and receive individual assistance from a Provider Field Representative.

For additional assistance, please contact the Telephone Service Center (TSC) at 1-800-541-5555.

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

9. Provider Manual Revisions

Pages updated due to ongoing provider manual revisions:



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