HCPCS Codes for SNF CB - 2016 Annual Update

MLN Matters® Number: MM9340
Related Change Request (CR) #: CR 9340
Related CR Release Date: September 11, 2015
Effective Date: January 1, 2016
Related CR Transmittal #: R3349CP
Implementation Date: January 4, 2016

Provider Types Affected

This MLN Matters® Article is intended for physicians, other providers, and suppliers submitting claims to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), including Home Health & Hospice (HH&H) MACs and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) MACs, for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries who are in a Part A covered Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) stay.

Provider Action Needed

If you provide services to Medicare beneficiaries in a Part A covered SNF stay, information in Change Request (CR) 9340 could impact your payments. CR 9340 provides the 2016 annual update of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Codes for Skilled Nursing Facility Consolidated Billing (SNF CB) and explains how the updates affect edits in Medicare claims processing systems. By the first week in December 2015, the new code files for Part B processing, and the new Excel and PDF files for Part A processing will be available at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Billing/SNFConsolidatedBilling?redirect=/SNFConsolidatedBilling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website; and become effective on January 1, 2016.

It is important and necessary for the provider community to read the "General Explanation of the Major Categories" PDF file located at the bottom of each year's MAC update in order to understand the Major Categories, including additional exclusions not driven by HCPCS codes.


The Common Working File (CWF) currently has edits in place for claims received for beneficiaries in a Part A covered SNF stay as well as for beneficiaries in a non-covered stay. These edits allow only those services that are excluded from consolidated billing to be separately paid.

Changes to HCPCS codes and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule designations are used to revise these edits to allow MACs to make appropriate payments in accordance with policy for SNF CB, found in the "Medicare Claims Processing Manual," Chapter 6 (SNF Inpatient Part A Billing and SNF Consolidated Billing), Sections 20.6 and 110.4.1. You may view this manual at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Manuals/Downloads/clm104c06.pdf on the CMS website.

Additional Information

The official instruction, CR 9340 issued to your MAC regarding this change is available at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/Downloads/R3349CP.pdf on the CMS website.


            Last Updated Wed, 05 Feb 2020 12:35:32 +0000