LOCUM TENENS IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
posted here with permission by the author: Jim Blakeman of www.emseminars.com
Question: A couple of the physicians in our group are considered locums for purposes of our malpractice coverage. I'm wondering if that means any bills submitted using their NPI should have the Q6 modifier included.
Modifier Processing and Documentation Requirements
CIGNA will apply CMS National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Incidental and Mutually Exclusive edits and adopt many CMS modifier guidelines beginning April 20, 2009.
See the individual modifier policies for more information. The NCCI Incidental edits and designations are available on the CMS website: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalCorrectCodInitEd/NCCIEP/list.asp.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be making changes at its Data Center that will affect the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).
As a result, physicians, non-physician practitioners, and provider and supplier organizations will not be able to access Internet-based PECOS from 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, April 16, until 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April 20.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The General Equivalence Mappings – ICD-9-CM To and From ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Fact Sheet (March 2009), which provides information and resources regarding the General Equivalence Mappings that were developed as a tool to assist with the conversion of International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) and the conversion of ICD-10 codes back to ICD-9-CM, is now available in downloadable format from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Learning Network a