42 CFR § 419.81 - Definitions.
As used in this subpart, unless otherwise specified, the following definitions apply:
List of hospital outpatient department services requiring prior authorization means the list of hospital outpatient department services described in § 419.83(a) that CMS adopts in accordance with § 419.83(b) that require prior authorization as a condition of Medicare payment.
Prior authorization means the process through which a request for provisional affirmation of coverage is submitted to CMS or its contractors for review before the service is provided to the beneficiary and before the claim is submitted for processing.
Provisional affirmation means a preliminary finding that a future claim meets the Medicare coverage, coding, and payment rules in chapter IV of this title or in Title XVIII of the Social Security Act.
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