September 03, 2019 Network in the Know

July 2019 Code-Auditing Changes

Quarterly, Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHP®) implements appropriate code-auditing changes to remain current with industry standards. Updates are made to our code-auditing software, Change Healthcare Technologies, LLC ClaimsXten™, based on recommendations from a variety of sources, including the American Medical Association (AMA), Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Correct Coding Initiative and Medically Unlikely Edits, input from specialty organizations, the CPT® manual, and the HCPCS Level II coding system.

As a result, you may notice differences in how your claims process related to changes in code pairs in CCI; daily frequency limits; incidental, mutually exclusive and unbundled code edits; assistant surgeon eligibility; modifier-to-procedure compatibility; evaluation of incomplete diagnosis; global surgery pre-operative and postoperative periods as defined by CMS; and other standard coding edits.

The July 2019 changes are taking effect for claims processed on or after October 23, 2019. Among the most recent changes are the following (which is not an all-inclusive list):

  • CPT® 77081 (DXA Bone Density/Peripheral) will deny when reported with CPT® 77080 (DXA Bone Density Axial). Source: CMS CCI v25.2
  • Effective 4/1/19, CPT® 86008 (Allergen-specific IgE; quantitative or semi-quantitative, recombinant or purified component, each) will deny when reported with CPT® 86003 (Allergen-specific IgE; quantitative or semi-quantitative, crude allergen extract, each). Source: CMS CCI v25.1 and Change Healthcare Code Pairs

For reference to the ClaimsXten rules currently in place and significant customization, please refer to the Code Auditing Rules and Customization, 1550/20.000162 payment policy.

As a reminder, Clear Claim Connections is available on the CDPHP Secure Provider Portal. There you can find information regarding code-auditing logic. This claims editing tool allows you to enter a specific coding scenario and view the editing results in place on the date of the inquiry (not on the actual claim date of service). If a denial is issued for the coding scenario, the rationale for the denial is provided. The results of a coding inquiry may differ from the results of an actual claim payment, as a claim may be affected by system edits outside of ClaimsXten (e.g., member eligibility or other claim processing and/or pricing logic).

If you have any questions, please call the CDPHP provider services department at (518) 641-3500 or 1-800-926-7526.

CPT® is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.

Adele O'Connell
About the Author

Adele joined CDPHP in 2004 as an internal communications and event specialist. She then spent eight years coordinating the company’s community relations and corporate events program, in which capacity she worked with a host of non-profit organizations and co-chaired the CDPHP annual Charity of Choice campaign. Currently, she is a communications specialist and coordinator of corporate member engagement and serves on the boards of two local charities. Prior to CDPHP, Adele served as a legislative assistant for a trade association and as an acquisitions and developmental editor, specializing in educational and medical publishing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Rosemont College.

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