Payment for G0101 and Q0091 in Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that Bill Under the All-Inclusive Rate (AIR) System.

Provider Types Affected

This MLN Matters Article is intended for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) who are authorized to bill under the All Inclusive Rate (AIR) system and submit claims to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

Provider Action Needed

Change Request (CR) 8927 adds Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code G0101 (Cervical or vaginal cancer screening; pelvic and clinical breast examination) and code Q0091 (screening Papanicolaou smear) to the list of preventive services paid based on the All-Inclusive Rate (AIR) for RHCs and FQHCs. Make sure your billing staffs are aware of this changes.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that HCPCS codes G0101 and Q0091 are billable visits when furnished by a RHC or FQHC practitioner to a RHC or FQHC patient.

CR8927 instructs MACs to allow HCPCS codes G0101 and Q0091 to be billed as a stand-alone encounter/visit. These services will be paid the AIR on RHC and FQHC claims for 71X and 77X Tyoes of Bills (TOBs), effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2014. Please note that deductible and coinsurance are NOT to be applied to G0101 or Q0091. If other billable visits are furnished on the same day as G0101 or Q0091, only one visit will be paid.

G0101 or Q0091 are payable annually for women at high risk for developing cervical or vaginal cancer, and women of childbearing age who have had an abnormal Pap test within the past 3 years. It is payable every 2 years for women at normal risk. For FQHCs billing under the PPS, G0101 and Q0091 are qualifying visit when billed with FQHC payment HCPCS codes G0466 or G0467.

Your MAC will not search for claims that have been denied with HCPCS code G0101 or Q0091 prior to the implementation of CR8927, but will adjust any claims that you bring to their attention.