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March 30, 2012
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CMS Delays Point-of-Service Change Until October

March 30—CMS is delaying implementation of Transmittal 2407 containing “revised and clarified” point-of-service (POS) coding instructions from April 1 to Oct. 1, 2012. The delay will be announced in Transmittal 2435, which the agency is planning on posting on its website. (While not yet posted to the agency’s website due to technical difficulties, the CAP has obtained a copy of the Transmittal.)

As outlined in the March 15 issue of Statline, the CAP extensively engaged with CMS officials, explaining to them that if implemented, the transmittal would result in significant confusion regarding anatomic pathology services, particularly for Medicare carriers processing claims subject to the technical component “grandfather” provision in light of its scheduled July 1st expiration date. Pathology practices should continue using codes they have been reporting for POS in the CMS-1500 form while preparing for the October implementation date.

The College also brought their concerns to the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. As a result, Congressmen Tom Latham (R-IA) and Mike Ross (D-AK) wrote to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner on March 29, asking for a delay.

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