The Med-QUEST Division extends the deadline for the 2015 QUEST Integration Annual Plan Change (APC) choice period to October 30, 2015. The division made the decision to extend the APC deadline after the telephone vendor reported it was experiencing equipment trouble October 14-16. This prevented the Med-QUEST call center from receiving telephone calls and APC plan change requests from clients.
The vendor successfully addressed the problem on October 17 and Med-QUEST call center is now able to receive calls.
QUEST Integration clients can submit their 2015 APC choice form using the business reply envelope enclosed in the open enrollment packet, fax the form to 1-800-576-5504, call 1-800-316-8005, or hand deliver to any MQD Eligibility office. Mail will need to be postmarked 10/30/15 and fax have date/time stamp of 10/30/15.
The Med-QUEST Division (MQD) is pleased to announce that the QUEST Integration public reporting information from January - June 2015 is now available.
To access information on the performance of health plans participating in the QUEST Integration program, please click here.
The Med-QUEST Division (MQD) is issuing the following two memorandums on ICD-10 Conversion Guidelines and the Revised Guidelines for Submittal and Payment of Induced/Intentional Termination of Pregnancy (ITOP) Claims below. Please let us know if you have any questions by calling the provider hotline at 808-692-8099.
Link to ICD-10 Conversion Guidelines
Link to Revised Guidelines for ITOP Claims
On August 28, 2015, the Department of Human Services, Med-QUEST Division (MQD) issued a revised memorandum that will replace QI-1504, FFS M15-03. The revised memorandum provides guidance regarding coverage of intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) that includes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Providers will need to use ICD-10 diagnosis codes for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries on or after October 1, 2015. Med-QUEST Division (MQD) and the QUEST Integration health plans will not accept existing ICD-9 diagnoses codes for services delivered on or after October 1, 2015 – the new ICD-10 diagnoses codes MUST be used for these services.
For more information, please click here.
The Med-QUEST Division (MQD) was recently involved in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) audit.
As a result of the audit, the PERM contractors found errors where medical records submitted for audit did not match the date of service submitted on the claim forms. If the documentation provided did not support the claim as billed, the claim was considered an error, which is subject to recovery by MQD. MQD is required to reimburse CMS for the identified payment errors and will be sending notification to providers to recover identified overpayments.
The audit also found providers not using their Social Security Number as their Tax Identification Number (TIN), were not submitting an Organization or Group NPI on their claim. MQD would like to remind providers the Organization/Group NPI is a requirement when submitting a claim to Medicaid.
Under the provision of Title 42, Section 431.420(c), of the Code of Federal Regulations, the State must hold a public forum to solicit comments on the progress of the demonstration project. Therefore, the Med-QUEST Division, hereby notifies the public that a post-award forum will be held to afford interested parties with an opportunity to provide meaningful comments on the progress of the demonstration. Please click on the link below for more details.
Under the provision of Title 42, Section 441.304(f)(1) of the Code of Federal Regulations, the State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services and Department of Health (the State), hereby notifies the public that it intends to request from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a five (5) year renewal of the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver authorized in Section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, which is set to expire on June 30, 2016. This renewal will be effective July 1, 2016.
The program under the 1915(c) HCBS Waiver permits the State to furnish an array of home and community based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. This program enables a person with developmental disabilities or intellectual disabilities who meets institutional level of care, the choice to live in their own home or in the community with appropriate and quality supports designed to promote health, safety and independence.
Public comments will be accepted for consideration till February 15, 2016. Please send your comments and questions to the Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Division Community Resource Branch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 808-733-2135, or mail to DD-CRB 3627 Kilauea Avenue, Room 411 Honolulu, Hawaii 96816.
The federal “HITECH Act” requires all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) covered entities to review and update policies relating to the protection of an individual’s personal and medical information. Please review the Department of Human Services latest Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP).
The State of Hawaii Med-QUEST Division is pleased to announce that Myers and Stauffer LC
(Myers and Stauffer) has been selected to provide Recovery Audit Contractor Services,
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Medicaid will be following Medicare with regards to billing for the Non-invasive Open Ventilation System referred to as “Breathe NIOV™”.
In order to insure that Medicaid does not pay for this miscellaneous code (E1399) Medicaid’s claims payment system has been set to require
that any claims billed using a HCPCS code E1399 be medically reviewed. Below is Medicare’s Local Coverage Determination for this equipment:
The Non-invasive OPEN Ventilation System (NIOV™) by Breathe Technologies, Inc. provides positive pressure inspiratory support for patients using oxygen.
The correct HCPCS code to use for billing this item is:
E1399 - DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, MISCELLANEOUS
Based on clinical data provided by the manufacturer, this item is effective only when used in conjunction with oxygen; therefore, it is
classified as an accessory to oxygen equipment. Oxygen reimbursement is a bundled payment. All options, supplies and accessories are
considered included in the monthly rental payment.
Note: Numerous sources, including the manufacturer materials and references in published clinical articles, use the term "ventilator"
when discussing this device. For Medicare payment purposes, the NIOV™ device is NOT considered to be a ventilator or any other type
of positive airway pressure device (CPAP, bi-level PAP, etc.). DMEPOS suppliers must not use HCPCS codes assigned to those products
when submitting claims for the NIOV™ device.
The State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services (the State), hereby notifies the public that it intends to seek a five-year renewal of its
Section 1115 demonstration project from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The State expects the current demonstration to
expire on December 31, 2013.
Click below to view the Draft 1115 Application, Quality Assurance Monitoring Info, Behavioral Health Protocol, Behavioral Health Addendums A,B,C, & D
Click here to view the Draft 1115 Application
Click here to view the Quality Assurance Monitoring Info
Click here to view the Behavioral Health Protocol
Click here to view the Behavioral Health Addendum A
Click here to view the Behavioral Health Addendum B
Click here to view the Behavioral Health Addendum C
Click here to view the Behavioral Health Addendum D
The Affordable Care Act, PCIP provides health care coverage for uninsured people with pre-existing conditions until new insurance market rules go into effect
in 2014. PCIP is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered through the Office of Personnel Management. More information
is available at: www.healthcare.gov
Additional information relating to PCIP is available through the Government Employee Health Association (GEHA). GEHA currently administers PCIP in 20 states.