Last Modified: 8/2/2019
Location: FL, PR, USVI
Business: Part A
Q: The claim for my patient’s dates of service overlaps a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan and hospice elections period. Should I bill the hospice, traditional Medicare, or the MA plan?
A: Federal regulations require that Medicare administrative contractors (MAC) maintain payment responsibility for managed care enrollees who elect hospice.
While a hospice election is in effect, certain types of claims may be submitted to the MAC, by either the hospice provider or a provider treating an illness not related to the terminal condition. These claims are subject to the usual Medicare rules of payment, but only for the following services:
• Hospice services covered under the Medicare hospice benefit are billed by the Medicare hospice
• Institutional providers may submit claims to Medicare with the condition code “07” when services provided are not related to the treatment of the terminal condition
• MA plan enrollees that elect hospice may revoke hospice election at any time, but claims will continue to be paid by the MAC as if the beneficiary were enrolled in Medicare until the first day of the month following when hospice election was revoked
Beneficiary’s hospice election period ended on 1/10/YY
Bill the MAC for claims for dates of service 1/11/YY to 1/31/YY
Bill the MA plan for claims for dates of service 2/1/YY and beyond
Source: CMS internet-only-manual, publication 100-04, Chapter 11
, section 30.4, 50
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