HCPCS Modifier MA

Description
Ordering professional is not required to consult a clinical decision support mechanism due to service being rendered to a patient with a suspected or confirmed emergency medical condition

Guidelines/Instructions

  • This modifier is effective for services provided on or after January 1, 2020
  • Providers should submit this modifier with the appropriate advanced diagnostic imaging service. Examples of advanced imaging services include computed tomography, positron emission tomography, nuclear medicine, and magnetic resonance imaging. 
  • The ordering professional will be required to consult a qualified clinical decision support mechanism (CDSM). This is an interactive, electronic tool for use by clinicians that communicates appropriate use criteria (AUC) and assists in making the most appropriate treatment decision for the patient. 
  • The CDSM will provide the ordering professional with a determination of whether that order adheres to AUC, does not adhere to AUC, or if there is no AUC applicable in the CDSM consulted 
  • During this phase of the program, claims will not be denied for failing to include or for misreporting AUC related information, however inclusion is encouraged 
  • Full program implementation is expected January 1, 2021 

Resource: CMS MLN Matters MM11268 (PDF, 185 KB)

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