As we enter this year, we want to remind you of the new G-codes effective January 1st for your nursing visits. HCPCS code G0154 is required to be submitted for direct skilled services of a licensed nurse (LPN or RN) in the home health or hospice setting, for each 15 minutes through December 31, 2015. The new G-codes will differentiate the levels of nursing care – G0299 for RN services and G0300 for LPN services. Use these new G codes for home health episodes of care ending on or after January 1, 2016. Billing for hospice visits will use these codes for dates of service on and after January 1, 2016.
For those billing CLIA, CMS has revised the travel allowance to collect specimens – Your MAC has the discretion to choose either a mileage basis or a flat rate, and how to set each type of allowance. Check with your Carrier to inquire on their approved method of billing these allowances when the specimen collection fee is also payable.