Provider Pulse - January 2018

Provider Pulse: January

Provider Pulse

January 2018

Welcome to January and 2018!

Happy New Year! You made it; we’ve officially entered 2018. We’re starting off the New Year with some awesome news that a new VA fee lookup tool is now available for you on our TriWest Provider Portal! Read all about it, and more, below.

In This Edition:

How to Navigate the 2018 CMS and VA Fee Schedules

Annual CMS Updates to Physician Fee Schedules

The Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) and Veterans Choice Program (VCP) are funded by federal dollars and closely follow Medicare Fee-For-Service guidelines for payments. This includes moving to the most current CMS Fee Schedules, which are implemented every January.

Any CMS changes to an assigned remittance rate, or payment, will vary by specialty and location. You can look up the value of specific Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes with the Physician Fee Schedule Look-Up Tool available on the website. You can also obtain rates for your region from the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) that manages your geographic area or "jurisdiction".

There are eight MAC organizations that manage the Medicare program nationwide, including:

  • Noridian Healthcare Solutions
  • Palmetto GBA
  • Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators
  • Novitas Solutions, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)
  • CGS Administrators (Celerian Group)
  • First Coast Service Options
  • National Government Services, Inc.

Maps showing which MAC manages Medicare Part A and Part B in your state are available on the website and may be viewed here: AB MAC Jurisdiction Map.

Remember, TriWest follows Medicare reimbursement guidelines, but we cannot coordinate benefits with Medicare. TriWest and Veteran benefits cannot pay secondary or as a Medicare supplemental plan. If care was pre-authorized as a Veteran benefit, please submit the claim to our partner, WPS. Do not submit these claims to Medicare or TRICARE.

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NEW! VA Fee Schedule Lookup Tool on Provider Portal

VA-defined reimbursement rates for outlying service codes are now easily accessible!

Outlying codes, those without a CMS-defined reimbursement rate, may have a rate assigned by the local VA Medical Center (VAMC). These rates are determined regionally and may vary by VAMC. To view your VAMC's Fee Schedule, use TriWest's new "Physician Fee Schedule Search" tool located on TriWest's Provider Portal.

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Become a Veteran Ready Certified Non-Profit

Do you want to let your community know you are officially certified to meet the health care needs of Veterans? Consider earning a "Veteran Ready Non-Profit Organization Certification" from TriWest's partner, PsychArmor Institute.

According to PsychAmor, "Organizations that equip staff and volunteers with the resources to effectively engage the military community deserve to be recognized! Thanks to the generosity of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, (PsychArmor) is launching the Veteran Ready Non-Profit Organization Certification – a way for organizations to show their dedication to better serving Veterans, Service members, and their families."

Interested? Take These Steps to Get Certified

Once certified, your organization will receive a signed certificate that you can display in your office, inclusion in PsychArmor's social media efforts, and a digital badge to include on your website and in other online efforts.

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