Use Case 44: Measure coverage of preventive care by FFM insurance plans

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Requirements

Use case summary

Description


Value

  • Value to customer: Data will be used to examine whether patients are being charged copayments or deductibles for claims filed with qualifying services.
  • Value to industry/public: Opportunity to save money for patients and in longer term improve health by encouraging use of preventive services.


Customer

Current data and limitation

Specifications

  • Fields:
    • CPT Code
    • Diagnosis code, if applicable
    • Any other restrictions, (e.g. age requirement, pregnant women, etc.)
    • Date effective
  • Update frequency:
    • As often as this data is updated by CMS, perhaps on an annual basis.
  • Joins between datasets:
    • Should be valid CPT and DRG codes
  • Lag time: Up to latest plan year
  • History: All history since start of FFMs
  • Delivery mechanism: Download in any machine readable format (CSV or Excel) is sufficient


Solution

As confirmed by CMS, there is no definitive list of preventive service CPTS used by FFM/QHPs.

Short term workaround

CPT codes are copyrighted by AMA, so cannot be published by HHS without license. We are looking into whether CMS can publish a machine-readable format of the pdf under the CMS AMA license.

This may not be a comprehensive list of all preventive services CPTs used by QHPs.

Billing Codes Your patient’s insurance plan may cover these services 100%--with no co-pays or deductibles for your patient to pay. Many insurers require the clinical provider to code the services in particular ways that often vary by insurer. Diagnosis codes may be required for proper reimbursement for some services. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, and not all insurers accept all of these coding configurations. For more guidance check with your patient’s insurer and review information from Medicare, CIGNA, UnitedHealthcare, and AAP (Bright Futures and Printable 2012 Version).

CDC has been contacted to see if they have a more user-friendly format of the information contained on the website available (status as of 2015 August 17).