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1 Original Effective Date: January 1, 2013 Revision Date: August 1, 2013 PROFESSIONAL EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES Policy NHP reimburses participating providers for the provision of medically necessary evaluation and management (E/M) services, including specialist visits and second opinions. NHP recognizes the most current version of the American Medical Association s CPT descriptors of E/M codes, and instructions for selecting a level of service. Medical records documentation based on the 1995/1997 CMS documentation guidelines for E/M services must support reported levels of service. Authorization, Notification and Referral Service Requirement Specialty Visits Referral is required for NHP contracted specialists Non-Contracted specialists must have a referral from the member s PCP and must obtain Prior Authorization from NHP. OB/GYN services including: routine services, preventive services, acute and emergency services, maternity services, and subsequent care when rendered in an outpatient setting, excluding Observation No referral, authorization, or notification required. Please refer to the Observation Provider Payment Guideline for additional information For HVMA Members Members with a Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA) PCP do not need a referral when seeing a HVMA specialist. NHP members with a Harvard Vanguard PCP will still be required to obtain an appropriate referral from their PCP when seeking care from a non HVMA specialist provider. Please verify that the member has the appropriate referral prior to rendering care. Policy Limitations This policy applies to all places of service in accordance with the National POS code set.

2 Member Cost Sharing The provider is responsible for verifying at each encounter and when applicable for each day of care when the patient is hospitalized, coverage, available benefits, and member out-of-pocket costs; copayments, coinsurance, and deductible required, if any. Neighborhood Health Plan suggests that providers do not bill the member for services prior to adjudication of claim(s) in order for the accurate member responsibility to be calculated. Any member responsibility for copayments, coinsurance, and/or deductible will be reflected on the Explanation of Payment (EOP) and the member s Explanation of Benefits (EOB). Provider Limitations Reimbursement is limited to E/M services rendered by physicians and qualified non-physician practitioners who are legally authorized to perform these medical services in compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts laws and any limitations set forth in this policy. Service Limitations The codes in the table below are subject to the requirements set forth in this policy, in conjunction with NHP s Provider Manual when applicable. Office, Other Outpatient Hospital Observation Office or other outpatient visit-new Patient Office or other outpatient visit- Established Patient Observation Care Please refer to NHP Observation Provider Payment Guideline Subsequent Day Observation Care Inpatient Hospital Inpatient Consults Office Consultation E/M Inpatient Consultation E/M services Not reimbursed. Please refer to NHP Observation Provider Payment Guideline Not reimbursed. Report with appropriate complexity level office visit or hospital inpatient E/M CPT Code

3 Service Limitations (continued) Emergency Department Emergency Department Use for unscheduled care rendered in the Emergency Department Physician direction of. advanced life support Critical Care Critical Care Bill initial service (30-74 minutes), CPT 99291, with a count of one unit. Bill the number of units that represent each additional 30 minutes, using Nursing Facility Nursing facility care Domiciliary, Rest Home, Custodial Care Physician Home Nursing facility discharge day Annual nursing facility assessment Domiciliary/Rest Home E/M Domiciliary/Rest Home care supervision Physician home visit, new or established patient Prolonged Prolonged services, beyond the usual service in addition to the designated E/M service Physician Standby Anticoagulation Management Prolonged services without patient contact Physician standby services Anticoagulation management for an outpatient on warfarin Bill for outpatient management only. Do not bill in conjunction with an E/M or care plan oversight for this service during the reporting period

4 Service Limitations (continued) Medical Team Conference Team conference w/wo patient by healthcare Not Covered Preventive Medicine Counseling Risk Factor Reduction and Behavior Change Intervention Non-Face-to-Face Physician Online Medical Evaluation Neonatal & Pediatric Critical Care professionals Initial preventative E/M-New Patient Periodic preventative E/M-Established Patient G0436 Preventative counseling Assessment and management phone call by non-physician healthcare professional On-line E/M by physician Pediatric critical care during the inter-facility transport Submit G0436 for Tobacco Cessation services for GIC members only. Not Covered Please refer to the NHP Newborn Care Provider Payment Guidelines Neonatal critical care, age <28 days Pediatric critical care, age 29 days through 24 months Pediatric critical care, age 2-5 years Miscellaneous Routine blood draw Not separately reimbursed with labs or E/M services Capillary blood draw Supplemental and Supplies Genetic counseling, 30 minutes Not Separately Reimbursed Specimen Handling Not Separately Reimbursed Post-op follow up visit Hospital mandated oncall service, in or out of hospital

5 Service Limitations (continued) Supplemental and Supplies (continued) provided in the office at times other than regularly scheduled office hours, or days when the office is normally closed (e.g., holidays, Saturday or Sunday), in addition to basic service Service(s) provided in the office during regularly scheduled evening, weekend, or holiday office hours, in addition to basic service Office emergency care which disrupts other scheduled office services Service(s) provided on an emergency basis, out of the office, which disrupts other scheduled office services, in addition to basic service Service(s) provided between 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM at 24-hour facility, in addition to basic service Service(s) typically provided in the office, provided out of the office at request of patient, in addition to basic service Special Supplies Medical Testimony Special Reports or Forms Bill in conjunction with designated E/M level visit.

6 Service Limitations (continued) Supplemental Unusual physician travel and Supplies (continued) Computer Data Analysis Moderate Sedation Visual Acuity Screen Not separately reimbursed with E/M A4580, A4590 Casting Materials and Q4001-Q4051 Supplies Neighborhood Health Plan Does Not Reimburse E/M services within the global period of a procedure, as they are considered inclusive to the procedure. Established patient E/M services on the same day as a surgical procedure with a 0-day post op period unless there is a significant, separately identifiable E/M service, or above and beyond the usual preoperative and postoperative care associated with the procedure documented in the medical record and the appropriate modifier appended to the E/M code. Consultation codes (CPT , ) which is no longer recognized by NHP. Inpatient consultations billed with , , when the consulting physician is not face-to-face with the patient in the facility, e.g. conducted via telephone, or video-conferencing. An emergency department E/M service billed with critical care services rendered by the same provider on the same date of service. identified by CPT as included in the descriptor of pediatric critical care services. Prolonged physician services ( ) in the office or other outpatient setting. Prolonged physician service with or without contact ( ) Electronic visits (e-visits) are not reimbursed at this time. Generic and/or special supplies are not reimbursed. (Note: Please submit the most specific HCPCS code for consideration.) Handling fees, device fees- considered part of the services/procedures rendered. Out-of-hospital on-call services. Adjunct codes reported in addition to the basic service rendered, including codes for medical services provided from 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM at a 24 hour facility (e.g. an emergency department); or out-of-theoffice; or on an emergency basis out-of-the-office. Medical testimony, special reports or forms, or computer data analysis. Unusual physician travel. Moderate (conscious sedation)

7 Definitions Consultation Service: A type of service provided by a physician whose opinion or advice regarding evaluation and/or management of a specific problem is requested by another physician or other appropriate source. When requested by a physician or other appropriate source, a consultation may be provided by a physician or qualified non-physician practitioner (NPP). In order to be a qualified NPP, performing a consultation service must be within the scope of practice and licensure in the state in which the NPP practices. Evaluation and Management Service: Visits and consultations furnished by physicians and qualified non-physician practitioners practicing within the scope of practice and licensure in the state in which the NPP practices. Established patient: A patient who has received professional services from the provider or another provider of the same specialty who belongs to the same group practice (same tax ID number) within the past three years. Global period: Surgical procedures are assigned a global day period of 0, 10, or 90 day(s) by CMS based on the complexity of the procedure. related to the surgery, rendered within the assigned specified number of global days, including E/M services are considered inclusive to the primary procedure and are not eligible for separate reimbursement. ICF/LTCF: Intermediate care facility/long-term care facility New patient: A patient who has not received any professional services from the same provider or another provider of the same specialty who belongs to the same group practice (same tax ID number), within the past three years. Office or other outpatient visit: An evaluation and management (E/M) service with history, examination, and medical decision making considered as the key components, provided in the physician s office or in an outpatient or other ambulatory facility. Office or other outpatient-setting: The physician s office or in an outpatient or other ambulatory facility where the patient is considered an outpatient until inpatient admission to a health care facility occurs. Physician Telephone : Non-face-to-face E/M services provided by a physician to a patient using the telephone. Codes 99441, 99442, 99443, are used to report episodes of care by the physician initiated by an established patient or guardian of an established patient. If the telephone service ends with a decision to see the patient within 24 hours or next available urgent visit appointment, the code is not reported; rather the encounter is considered part of the pre-service work of the subsequent E/M service, procedure, and visit. Likewise if the telephone call refers to an E/M service performed and reported by the physician within the previous seven days (either physician requested, or unsolicited patient follow-up) or within the postoperative period of the previously completed procedure, then the service(s) are considered part of that previous E/M service or procedure.

8 Definitions (continued) PCP: Primary care provider Preventative medicine visit: A comprehensive, preventative medical E/M of an individual including an age appropriate history, exam, counseling, anticipatory guidance, risk factor reduction intervention(s), and the ordering of laboratory and / or diagnostic procedures. Specimen handling: The handling and /or conveyance of a specimen/device from the physician s office, or other setting, to a laboratory. SNF: Skilled Nursing Facility Urgent Care provided at a NHP site: Circumstances when services are provided by a NHP PCP; in the office at times other than regularly scheduled office hours, or on days when the office is normally closed; provided in the office during regularly scheduled evening, weekend, or holiday office hours; or provided on an emergency basis in the office that disrupts other scheduled office services. Billing Limitations All claims must be filed within (90) calendar days of the date of service. Modifiers Apply modifiers in accordance with CPT and correct coding guidelines. Modifiers and descriptors are available in current CPT/HCPCS Manuals or refer to NHP Modifier Provider Payment Guideline at References Current year CPT, Professional Edition published by the AMA (American Medical Association) Evaluation & Management Service Guide ICN: , published December CMS Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management, available at: CMS Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management, available at: MassHealth Physician Manual, Transmittal Letter PHY-111, dated 07/01/06, page 4-30/31: Tobacco Cessation and Neighborhood Health Plan Summary of Benefits for GIC HMO Plan effective 7/1/2013 MassHealth Physician Manual, Transmittal Letter PHY-30, 602, Non-payable CPT Codes, 603 Codes that Have Special Requirements or Limitations, dated 03/01/2011 MLN Matters Number: MMM6740, Revised February 24, 2010

9 Publication History Topic: Professional Evaluation and Management Owner: Provider Network Management 4/12/2010 Original documentation 4/19/2011 Updated authorization grid, smoking cessation, new 2011 CPT codes, references 7/8/2011 Corrected observation code numbers, updated NHP does not reimburse and code grid to include: , updated to require office notes 8/29/2011 Corrected range , ; added to procedure code grid. Noncoverage of consult codes added. Reference to CMS MLM article re consultations, and modifier AI added. 8/1/2013: Policy name change to Professional Evaluation and Management. Authorization, Notification and Referral: Updated language under OB/GYN services and removed Outpatient and Diversionary Behavioral Health services. HCPCS G0436 added for GIC tobacco cessation services; CPT added to grid as not separately reimbursed. CPT 99051,99058 changed to not reimbursed.

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