skip to content
Thank you for visiting First Coast Service Options' Medicare provider website. This website is intended exclusively for Medicare providers and health care industry professionals to find the latest Medicare news and information affecting the provider community.
To enable us to present you with customized content that focuses on your area of interest, please select your preferences below:
Select which best describes you:
Select your location:
Select your line of business:
This website provides information and news about the Medicare program for health care professionals only. All communication and issues regarding your Medicare benefits are handled directly by Medicare and not through this website. For the most comprehensive experience, we encourage you to visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE. In the event your provider fails to submit your Medicare claim, please view these resources for claim assistance.
Join eNews       En Español
Text Size:
YouTube LinkedIn Email Print
Send a link to this page
[Multiple email adresses must be separated by a semicolon.]
Last Modified: 10/10/2022 Location: FL, PR, USVI Business: Part A, Part B

Fee schedule policy indicators FAQ

Q. Where can I obtain fee schedule policy indicators? For example, how can I find the global surgery days for a service? What about relative value units (RVUs) for a particular code?
A. Policy indicators for procedure codes in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) are available in First Coast’s fee lookup tool. Select MPFS from the drop-down list enter a date of service, location, and procedure code, and select submit. Then select the “more” links in the modifier field to view MPFS policy indicators.
These indicators include: global surgery including pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative days, PCTC (professional/technical component), multiple surgery, bilateral surgery, assistant surgery, cosurgery, team surgery, physician supervision requirements, and base codes for multiple endoscopy procedures. For more information regarding these indicators, click here.
Also included are work, practice expense and malpractice expense geographic practice cost indices (GPCIs) and relative value units (RVUs). Note: the allowances Medicare contractors use in their claims payment system use these factors, in combination with an annual conversion factor, but allowances are not calculated at the local level. The allowances are furnished to contractors by CMS after all calculations have been completed.
First Coast Service Options (First Coast) strives to ensure that the information available on our provider website is accurate, detailed, and current. Therefore, this is a dynamic site and its content changes daily. It is best to access the site to ensure you have the most current information rather than printing articles or forms that may become obsolete without notice.