Reimbursements

Category:

Multiple Procedure Reduction (MPPR) for Certain Diagnostic Imaging Procedures

Reimbursement Policy: NDRP-RAD-001
Topic: Radiology
Effective Date: July 1, 2018
Last Reviewed:
March 1, 2019

Description:

This policy outlines how the Plan handles claims that contain services subject to our multiple procedure payment reduction methodology.

Policy:

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has established a reimbursement methodology for certain multiple diagnostic imaging procedures performed for the same patient on the same day during the same imaging session.

The Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction for the Technical Component of Certain Diagnostic Imaging Procedures is defined as physicians, group practice and suppliers billing for diagnostic imaging supplies and services. The technical component (TC) represents practice expense (PE) and includes clinical staff, supplies, and equipment. The multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) is now expanded to also apply to professional component (PC) services.

Reimbursement Guidelines:

Professional Component

When certain diagnostic imaging services or procedures are performed for the same patient during the same imaging session on the same date of service by the same physician or physician/Group practice, payment will be made at 100% for the professional component of the imaging procedure with the highest allowance. For the additional imaging services performed for the same patient during the same imaging session on the same date of service, by the same physician or physician/Group practice, payment for the professional component portion only will be reduced to 95% of the allowance for the professional component.

Technical Component

When certain diagnostic imaging services or procedures are performed for the same patient during the

same imaging session on the same date of service by the same physician or physician/Group practice, payment will be made at 100% for the imaging procedure with the highest allowance. For additional imaging services performed on contiguous anatomic areas during the same imaging session for the same patient, on the same date of service by the same physician or physician/Group practice, payment for the technical component portion only will be reduced to 50% of the allowance for the technical component.

The Multiple Procedure Payment Reductions (MPPRs) on diagnostic cardiovascular and ophthalmology procedures apply when multiple services are furnished to the same patient, on the same date of service by the same physician or physician/Group practice. The MPPRs apply independently to cardiovascular and ophthalmology services. The MPPRs apply to TC-only services, and to the TC of global services.

Refer to the National Physician Fee Schedule Relative Value File – MULT PROC column – #4 for the list of codes that are applicable to the PC and TC reduction.

Cardiovascular Services

For cardiovascular services, full payment is made for the TC service with the highest payment under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). Payment is made at 75% for subsequent TC services furnished by the same physician (or by multiple physicians in the same group practice, i.e., same Group National Provider Identifier (NPI)) to the same patient on the same day.

Note: The MPPRs do not apply to professional component (PC) services.

Refer to the National Physician Fee Schedule Relative Value File – MULT PROC column – #6 for the list of codes that are applicable to the cardiovascular imaging reduction.

Ophthalmology Services

For ophthalmology services, full payment is made for the TC service with the highest payment under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). Payment is made at 80% for subsequent TC services furnished by the same physician (or by multiple physicians in the same group practice, i.e., same Group National Provider Identifier (NPI)) to the same patient on the same day.

Note: The MPPRs do not apply to professional component (PC) services

Refer to the National Physician Fee Schedule Relative Value File – MULT PROC column – #7 for the list of codes that are applicable to the ophthalmology imaging reduction.

When multiple imaging services within the same family are performed on the same day for the same patient, but at different imaging sessions, modifier -59 must be reported for the subsequent session(s).