In January 2013, CMS introduced 42 therapy functional reporting G codes (nonpayable). These G codes are to be reported in conjunction with therapy services (physical, occupational, and speech). CMS also introduced seven complexity/severity modifiers to be used with these G codes.
Eight CPT® codes for multianalyte assays with algorithmic analyses (MAAA) procedures are now classified as not covered under OPPS (status indicator E), retroactive to January 1, 2013. These codes are now subject to I/OCE edit 9.
Providers setting charges based on an understanding of their costs is not a new concept, says Jugna Shah, MPH, president and founder of Nimitt Consulting. However, providers struggle with this or fail to do it correctly, and then stand to deteriorate their future payment rates since CMS relies on provider data to set payment rates not only for inpatient and outpatient services, but also for laboratory services.