What is an LCD?
Local coverage determinations (LCDS) are defined in Section 1869(f)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act (the Act). This section states: “For purposes of this section, the term ‘local coverage determination' means a determination by a fiscal intermediary or a carrier under part A or part B, as applicable, respecting whether or not a particular item or service is covered on an intermediary- or carrier-wide basis under such parts, in accordance with section 1862(a)(1)(A).” Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) establish LCDs.
A Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) is a private health care insurer that has been awarded a geographic jurisdiction to process Medicare Part A and Part B (A/B) medical claims or Durable Medical Equipment (DME) claims for Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries. CMS relies on a network of MACs to serve as the primary operational contact between the Medicare FFS program and the health care providers enrolled in the program. MACs are multi-state, regional contractors responsible for administering both Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B claims. A/B MACs process Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B claims for a defined geographic area or “jurisdiction,” servicing institutional providers, physicians, practitioners, and suppliers.
Local Medicare policies under development in your state
When a Medicare contractor develops a new LCD or significantly revises an existing one, a 45-day public comment period is required. During this time, Contractor Medical Directors (CMDs) solicit input from members of the CAC. Comments can be submitted to the CMD or electronically through your Medicare contractor's website. After the CMDs have considered all comments received, there is a 45-day notice period prior to implementation of the final LCD. Providers and billing staff should track LCD changes using the Medicare Coverage Database. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised rules for the development and administration of Medicare Local coverage determinations (LCDs). Learn more about the LCD Modernization Process effective January 1, 2019.
What is the CAC Network?
The ACR CAC Network was developed to encourage communication and coordination among all radiology CAC representatives. The ACR is committed to providing as much assistance as possible to each CAC representative. Adoption of the ACR CAC Networks and the model by the state chapters created a more organized and effective mechanism for dealing with local Medicare issues. State Chapter leaders should notify ACR staff of changes to CAC representatives and alternates.
For questions regarding the CAC Network at the ACR, please contact Alicia Blakey.
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