MLN Matters Special Editions – Clarifying Use of Modifier CR and/or Condition Code DR

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP 
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

On June 1, 2020, CMS revised and posted MLN Matters Special Edition Article SE20011 on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to clarify when you must use modifier CR (catastrophe/disaster related) and/or condition code DR (disaster related) when submitting claims to Medicare. The update includes a chart of blanket waivers and flexibilities that require the modifier or condition code.  The chart is found on page 2 through 6 of this 11-page posting.

There are also hyperlinks to other resources through 11.

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