CMS will be releasing some changes on November 4th for the HETS eligibility response that are pretty significant. I’ve summarized the items below and included a link to the full document. Numbers 3, 4, and 6 were particularly interesting to me.
CMS 270/271 Release Notes November 4th
1. The following new preventative benefits will be added when requested in the inquiry.
81528 – Oncology (colorectal) screening, quantitative real-time target and signal amplification of 10 DNA markers (KRAS mutations, promoter methylation of NDRG4 and BMP3) and fecal hemoglobin, utilizing stool, algorithm reported as a positive or negative result
G0297 – Low dose CT scan (LDCT) for lung cancer screening
G0442 – Annual alcohol misuse screening, 15 minutes
G0443 – Brief face-to-face behavioral counseling for alcohol misuse, 15 minutes
G0472 – Hepatitis C antibody screening, for individual at high risk and other covered indication-
G0473 – Face-to-face behavioral counseling for obesity, group (2–10), 30 minutes
G0475 – HIV antigen/antibody, combination assay, screening
2. New insurance type codes added for Medicare Secondary payer response
• AP – Auto Insurance Policy – this indicates a No-Fault Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement (NFMSA)
• LT – Litigation – this indicates a Liability Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement (LMSA)
3. An indication of QMB enrollment will be returned for beneficiaries if CMS shows them enrolled during certain periods based on the dates requested.
4. All admissions during a date span will be returned individually. Previously if the beneficiary had multiple admissions during a date span, the response would show the admissions as one admission.
5. Hospice information will only be returned for beneficiaries with Part A entitlement.
6. The response will indicate if the beneficiary isn’t eligible for preventive codes G0402, G0403, G0404, and G0405.
7. Preventive information won’t be returned for beneficiaries that have QMB for the dates requested.