The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has established a new Hospitalist physician specialty code. The new Hospitalist code — C6 — took effect on April 1, 2017. Billing systems should be updated to reflect this change.
Medicare will also recognize the new code of C6 as a valid specialty for the following edits:
- Ordering/certifying Part B clinical laboratory and imaging, durable medical equipment (DME), and Part A home health agency (HHA) claims
- Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Method II Attending and Rendering claims
- Attending, operating, or other physician or non-physician practitioner listed on CAH claims
CMS offers more details regarding code C6 via its MLN Matters article available online here.