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March 12, 2020

MLN Connects® for Thursday, March 12, 2020

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2019 Novel Coronavirus Guidance


  • CMS Sends More Detailed Guidance to Providers about COVID-19
  • HHS Finalizes Historic Rules to Provide Patients More Control of Their Health Data
  • Quality Payment Program: MIPS 2019 Data Submission Deadline March 31
  • Hospital Quality Reporting: Comment on Draft QRDA I Implementation Guide by April 1
  • Inclusion of Lower Limb Prosthetics in DMEPOS Prior Authorization
  • Clean Hands Count: Prevent and Control Infections
  • March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


  • Incorrect Billing of HCPCS L8679 – Implantable Neurostimulator, Pulse Generator, Any Type


  • Open Payments: Your Role in Health Care Transparency Call – March 19
  • Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Call for Measures Webinar – March 19
  • Ground Ambulance Organizations: Data Collection for Medicare Providers Call – April 2
  • Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule Call – April 7
  • LTCH and IRF Quality Reporting Programs: SPADEs Webinar – April 14

MLN Matters® Articles

  • NCD 20.4 Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs)
  • Section 1876 and 1833 Cost Plan Enrollee Access to Care through Original Medicare
  • April 2020 Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) Specifications Version 21.1
  • Proper Use of Modifier 59 – Revised
  • Quarterly Update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB) – April 2020 Update – Revised


  • Evacuating and Receiving Patients in the Midst of a Wildfire
  • Administrative Simplification: Eligibility and Benefits Transaction Basics


  • Dementia Care Call: Audio Recording and Transcript

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