PAYMENTS RELATED TO MEDICARE SEQUESTRATION
Highmark has aligned with CMS to extend temporary payment increases related to Medicare sequestration through March 31, 2021. Read ebulletin, HIGHMARK TEMPORARILY INCREASING PAYMENTS RELATED TO MEDICARE SEQUESTRATION for detailed information.
Medicare Sequestration Payments
Highmark has extended the timeframe for new prior authorization requests for ancillary/DME and inpatient planned surgeries through March 31, 2021. Read ebulletin, EXTENDED: OPEN AUTHORIZATIONS for detailed information.
PRESCRIBING MEDICATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
PLACE OF SERVICE CHANGES FOR AUTHORIZED SERVICES
Place of Service Changes
CHANGES TO REIMBURSEMENT POLICY 041 (SERVICES THAT ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SEPARATE REIMBURSEMENT)
Changes to Reimbursement Policy 041
TIMELY FILING POLICY
Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Highmark is modifying our timely filing policy temporarily for claim submissions from participating providers.
All in-network providers will have 365 days to submit claims with dates of service beginning February 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020.
QUARTERLY DIRECTORY DATA VALIDATION
Important: Quarterly Directory Data Validation Process Change
IMPORTANT: MEDICAL POLICY CHANGES TO ADDRESS EASY ACCESS TO NECESSARY SUPPLIES DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Policy Changes to Address Easy Access to Necessary Supplies During COVID-19 Outbreak
EXPEDITED CREDENTIALING OF PROVIDERS DUE TO COVID-19
Expedited Credentialing of Providers Due To COVID-19
POST-PAY CLAIM AUDITS
Highmark’s Financial Investigation and Provider Review (FIPR) team is mindful of the current COVID- 19 pandemic and strain on the administrative resources available to respond to post-pay claim audits. Effective immediately, the timeframe in which to respond to medical record requests or to request an appeal for a claim audit finding will be extended from 30 days to 90 days. This timeframe extension will apply to all inflight professional and facility post-pay claim audits starting on or before May 31, 2020 managed either by FIPR or one of FIPR’s external audit partners (e.g. CGI, Equian or Trend Health Partners).
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION REFILLS
We are increasing access to prescription medications by waiving early medication refill limits on 30-day prescriptions and encouraging members to use 90-day mail order benefits when available.
ALTERNATE HEDIS CHART SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
HEDIS Chart Review and Alternate Submission Guidelines Regarding the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
PEER-TO-PEER REVIEW TIME FRAME
Peer-to-peer review time frame increased to 180 days