In other health care policy news, the AOA has become aware of several payors who have recently begun denying nerve block codes when billed with OMT. These denials are ostensibly based on coding edits that state the codes are bundled when billed together on the same date of service as OMT. The basis for the edits stems from the OMT codes being classified as global surgery procedures under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Data Base. CMS recently reconsidered these edits and has since decided to delete, effective 7/1/11, the edits that led to denial of these claims. If any DOs have had claims denied based on these edits, you may choose to request a reopening, if permitted, or appeal the denied claims to your local Medicare claims processing contractor after 7/1/11 – or contact the AOA Division of Socioeconomic Affairs for more information.