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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2021
Healthfirst Reimbursement Policy Updates

Effective November 1, 2021, several changes will be made to our reimbursement policy to maintain compliance with industry-accepted coding and reimbursement practices, as well as state and national regulatory requirements.

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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2021
Prior Authorization: Home Visits - Effective February 1, 2021

Effective February 1, 2021, Healthfirst will require prior authorization for the codes listed in the document related to home visits. Claims for these services and other types of service will not be paid without prior approval. The authorization required for each visit remains open for 30 days.

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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2021
Drug Testing Policy

Healthfirst aims to ensure that our policy standards are up to date and are compliant with state and national industry standards. Effective February 1, 2021, Healthfirst has limited the reimbursement of drug testing as outlined in this document.

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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2021
0077 21 Provider Alert Anesthesia Unit Policy v3 1 FINAL

Anesthesia services (00100–01999) are limited to a specific number of units per member, per provider group, per day. These limits are considered “typical” but may not reflect the actual services provided. If units are billed beyond our established limits, the total units allowed will be adjusted to the assigned maximum allowed; all other units will be denied. However, additional units can be considered for payment with supporting documentation upon appeal.

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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2021
0078 21 Provider Alert Ambulance Diagnosis Policy v3 1 FINAL

Per CMS LCD L35162 (Jurisdiction H and L), emergency ambulance services (A0425–A0434) are a covered benefit when the services meet the medical necessity requirements as outlined in the CMS manuals and Federal Register sections listed in the CMS National Coverage Policy section indicated in this document. Providers should report the most appropriate ICD-10 code that adequately describes the patient’s medical condition at the time of transport as the primary diagnosis. 40TIn addition, a secondary diagnosis must be reported to indicate that transportation by any other means is medically contraindicated.

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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2021
0370 21 Reimbursement Policy Updates for 6121 v5

As a part of Healthfirst’s continuing efforts to ensure that our reimbursement policy standards are up to date and compliant with state and national industry standards, effective June 1, 2021, several changes will be made to our reimbursement policy. These changes will maintain compliance with industry-accepted coding and reimbursement practices, as well as state and national regulatory requirements. Policy updates for: Polysomnography and Sleep Studies, Unattended Polysomnography and Sleep Studies, and Home Polysomnography and Sleep Studies.

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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2022
Transcranial Dopplers: Coding, Billing, and Medical Requirements

To ensure appropriate payments and maintain billing efficiencies, Healthfirst is committed to informing providers of specific requirements for the usage of any medical device. This alert provides guidance on Healthfirst coding, billing, and medical requirements for Transcranial Dopplers (TCD).

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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2021
Coronavirus: Type (COVID-19) — Cost-Sharing Waiver

Please be advised that the New York State Department of Financial Services, the New York State Department of Health, and the federal government have directed Healthfirst to waive patient copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles for certain testing and treatment due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.

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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2022
Billing for No-Cost Drugs and Biologicals

Healthfirst requires that providers record all substances administered to patients and that a charge be reported, even for no-cost drugs and biologicals. When this occurs, the provider or qualified healthcare professional should submit a token charge of $0 for the item.

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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2022
Changes to Authorization Guidelines for Selected Medical Services

Effective April 1, 2022, Healthfirst will change its authorization guidelines for selected medical services. These changes are part of Healthfirst’s ongoing responsibility to evaluate its medical policies compared to the latest scientific evidence and specialty society guidance.

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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2022
Healthfirst Policy for the Authorization of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Services

Healthfirst’s medical policies are intended to provide guidance in the administration of Healthfirst’s benefit plans and are used by medical directors and other clinical professionals in making medical necessity and other coverage determinations. This policy is applicable to the Commercial Plan, Qualified Health Plan (QHP), Essential Plan (EP) and Child Health Plus (CHP). While this service is not covered by Healthfirst Medicaid Managed Care Plan, ABA services are available to Medicaid beneficiaries through Medicaid Fee-for-Service.

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Provider Alerts - Claims & Billing - Policy, Billing, or Coverage Update - 2022
Billing Guidance for Acupuncturists

Medicare covers acupuncture for chronic lower back pain. Plans must offer this benefit and can choose to offer a supplemental benefit in addition to the original Medicare-covered visits. Previously, most Healthfirst providers submitted claims for acupuncture visits using ICD-10 M54.5. However, this ICD was retired on October 1, 2021.

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