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January 30, 2020

MLN Connects® for Thursday, January 30, 2020

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Genetic Testing and Innovative Antibiotics


  • CMS Expands Coverage of NGS as Diagnostic Tool for Patients with Breast and Ovarian Cancer
  • Nursing Home Quality Initiative: Draft MDS 3.0 Item Set Change History
  • Nursing Homes: Use Updated Infection Control Worksheet
  • Glaucoma Awareness Month: Make a Resolution for Healthy Vision


  • Hospice Care: Safeguards for Medicare Patients

Claims, Pricers & Codes

  • OPPS Pricer File: January 2020


  • Ground Ambulance Organizations: Reporting Staff and Labor Costs Open Door Forum — February 6
  • Ground Ambulance Organizations: Reporting Volunteer Labor Call — February 20

MLN Matters® Articles

  • Increasing Access to Innovative Antibiotics for Hospital Inpatients Using New Technology Add-On Payments: Frequently Asked Questions
  • January 2020 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)
  • Update to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) for Vaping Related Disorder
  • Add Dates of Service (DOS) for Pneumococcal Pneumonia Vaccination (PPV) Health Care Procedure Code System (HCPCS) Codes (90670, 90732), and Remove Next Eligible Dates for PPV HCPCS — Revised
  • Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Annual Update for Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Laboratory Services Subject to Reasonable Charge Payment — Revised


  • Safeguards for Medicare Patients in Hospice Care
  • Medicare Part B Immunization Billing: Seasonal Influenza Virus, Pneumococcal, and Hepatitis B — Revised
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System — Revised


  • ESRD Quality Incentive Program: Audio Recording and Transcript
  • MAC Listening Session: Audio Recording and Transcript

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