News and Important Information:
Usual, customary, and reasonable charges (UCR) are medical fees used when there are no contractual pricing agreements and used by certain healthcare plans and third-party payers to generate fair healthcare pricing.
Where does Find-A-Code get their data for UCR?
Find-A-Code offers UCR fees gathered from the US Department of Veterans Administration (VA) using Geographically-adjusted charges and the 80th percentile conversion factors; this information can be found on the code information page (see example below) and is offered as a fee comparison with our UCR Pricing add-on. We display the VA's data for our customers and have listed the VA's detailed information below from the VA, however, for additional questions on the VA's data and processes please contact the Veterans Administration, the information is listed below.
"80th percentile" charges, is not the same thing as a fee multiplier.
When the VA did their survey of fee amounts, the fee amount they chose as the UCR amount is the middle of at least 80% of the fee amounts reported. Like in a bell curve that covers X%, the middle or peak of the bell curve is the amount they chose.
For additional information on how the VA uses their UCR Data please see the Reasonable Charges Data tables below.
Reasonable Charges Data Tables– Outpatient and Professional V3.27 Dated January 01, 2020
After reviewing this information, if you have further questions please contact the VA, "Romona Greene, Office of Community Care, Revenue Operations, Payer Relations and Services, Rates and Charges (10D1C1), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420, (202) 382– 2521. (This is not a toll-free number).
Where are UCR fees located in Find-A-Code?
While on the code information page scroll down to the fees section and open the tab titled “UCR Fees”, the fees will be displayed for UCR, Workers Comp, as well as Medicare Billed and Allowed.
The percentage calculations can be used for adjusting your fees to obtain Range of Low Medium or High pricing, it can also be used to adjust for modifier usage. The Pro Fee Calculator can be used as well. For example; if using Modifier 50 "bilateral Procedure" the charge factor can be adjusted by 1.50, modifier 22 Unusual procedure uses a charge factor of 1.25.
Charge adjustment factors for professional services charge modifiers for the VA is on Table M
UCR for CPT/HCPCS Code:
UCR for DRG Codes:
UCR Fees for Outpatient Facility:
What information comes from the VA?
The following information comes from the VA to give an understanding of accountability to the Federal Register, calculations and links to data sources used on our UCR pricing.
Reasonable charges according to the VA is described as follows; Reasonable Charges are based on amounts that third parties pay for the same services furnished by private-sector health care providers in the same geographic area. In the past, VA used average cost-based, per diem rates for billing insurers. Reasonable charges are calculated for inpatient and outpatient facility charges, and for professional or clinician charges for inpatient and outpatient care.
Reasonable Charges Rules, Notices, & Federal Register
The VA determines the amount of the national average administrative cost annually for the prior fiscal year (October through September) and then applies the charge at the start of the next calendar year. Below are links to the Federal Register and data sources from the VA Website.
Outpatient and Professional
Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 189 / Monday, September 30, 2019 / Notices
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Additional Links and Resources
REASONABLE CHARGES DATA SOURCES — v3.26
REASONABLE CHARGES DATA SOURCES — v3.25 (January - December 2019) - Sorted By Charge Type
Outpatient Facility Fees
UCR Section VA Table F Nationwide charges v3.27 (January-December 2020)
UCR - VA, Payer Rates and Charges
Inpatient MS-DRG FY 2020 v3.26
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