Thursday, May 4, 2017

CPT code 80156, 80157 and 80184, 80185

Measure Name: Annual Monitoring of Anticonvulsant, Carbamazepine

Rule Description:

1) The percentage of patients 18 years and older who received at least 180 days of carbamazepine therapy and had at least one therapeutic monitoring event during the measurement year.

2) The percentage of patients 18 years and older who received at least 180 days of phenobarbital therapy and had at least one therapeutic monitoring event during the measurement year.

3) The percentage of patients 18 years and older who received at least 180 days of phenytoin therapy and had at least one therapeutic monitoring event during the measurement year.

4) The percentage of patients 18 years and older who received at least 180 days of valproic acid therapy and had at least one therapeutic monitoring event during the measurement year.

General Criteria Summary

1. Continuous enrollment: 1year
2. Anchor date: 31st  December of the measurement year
3. Gaps in enrollment: One 45-day gap allowed in each year of continuous enrollment
4. Medical coverage: Yes
5. Drug coverage: Yes
6. Attribution time frame: 1 year
7. Exclusions apply: Yes
8. Age range: 18 years and older



Note: Four separate denominator measures are being created because each subset used in a measure has to reference a specific rule.  It would be confusing to customers if we had measures that referred to rules that seemed unrelated. Therefore, there are separate subset and measure specifications for each Annual Monitoring denominator, even though the calculation of each denominator is exactly the same.

Denominator Description: All patients aged 18 years and older who received at least 180 treatment days of ambulatory anticonvulsant medication therapy during the measurement year

Inclusion Criteria: Patients aged 18 years and older as of the end of the measurement year who received at least 180 treatment days of ambulatory anticonvulsant medication therapy during the measurement year.  The four types of anticonvulsants checked are carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, and valproic acid.



CPT  Description: Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine

80156 Carbamazepine; total
80157 Carbamazepine; free

LOINC
Description: Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine
3432-2 Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine
3433-0 Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine
9415-1 Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine
14056-6 Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine
14639-9 Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine
18270-9 Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine
29147-6 Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine
29148-4 Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine
32058-0 Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine
32852-6 Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine
47097-1 Drug serum concentration for carbamazepine

CPT Description: Drug serum concentration for phenobarbital
80184 Phenobarbital

LOINC Description: Drug serum concentration for phenobarbital
3948-7 Drug serum concentration for phenobarbital
3951-1 Drug serum concentration for phenobarbital
10547-8 Drug serum concentration for phenobarbital
14874-2 Drug serum concentration for phenobarbital
34365-7 Drug serum concentration for phenobarbital

CPT Description: Drug serum concentration for phenytoin
80185 Phenytoin; total
80186 Phenytoin; free

LOINC Description: Drug serum concentration for phenytoin
3968-5 Drug serum concentration for phenytoin
3969-3 Drug serum concentration for phenytoin
14877-5 Drug serum concentration for phenytoin
32109-1 Drug serum concentration for phenytoin

40460-8 Drug serum concentration for phenytoin

CPT Description: Drug serum concentration for valproic acid
80164 Dipropylacetic acid (valproic acid)


LOINC Description: Drug serum concentration for valproic acid
4086-5 Drug serum concentration for valproic acid
4087-3 Drug serum concentration for valproic acid
4088-1 Drug serum concentration for valproic acid
14946-8 Drug serum concentration for valproic acid
18489-5 Drug serum concentration for valproic acid
21590-5 Drug serum concentration for valproic acid
32119-0 Drug serum concentration for valproic acid
32283-4 Drug serum concentration for valproic acid

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CO 226 , MA 81, N455 Denial codes


CERT Signature Denials


Denial Reason, Reason/Remark Code(s)

CO-226: Information from the billing/rendering provider was not provided or was insufficient/incomplete

MA81: Missing/incomplete/invalid provider/supplier signature

Resolution/Resources:

The CERT review contractor assesses errors when signatures in practitioners’ medical records, including X-ray reports and orders, do not meet Medicare requirements. As a result, Palmetto GBA must initiate claim adjustments and recoup any related overpayments from providers.

If you received Medicare Remittance Advice notification of these errors and disagree with the denials, send a written request for a redetermination (appeal) to Palmetto GBA. A redetermination is the first level of appeal and must be requested within 120 days of the date shown on the remittance advice notice of the denied services.  

Do not refile the claim. The decision for the denial was based upon CERT’s review of medical records; therefore, it can only be resolved by filing an appeal with Palmetto GBA.

Please clearly indicate 'CERT' when completing the redetermination form


Absence of Valid Orders/Requisitions/Documentation of ‘Intent’

CO-226: Information from the Billing/Rendering Provider was not provided or was insufficient/incomplete

N455: Missing physician order

Incomplete/Invalid Orders/Requisitions/Documentation of ‘Intent’

CO-226: Information from the Billing/Rendering Provider was not provided or was insufficient/incomplete

N456: Incomplete/invalid physician order

Resolution/Resources

The CERT Review Contractor assesses errors when there is no evidence of 'intent' or documentation of the request, in accordance with Medicare requirements. As a result, Palmetto GBA must initiate claim adjustments and recoup any related overpayments from providers. For denial purposes, these messages will be applied in situations involving ordering-treating physicians or qualified non-physician practitioners.

If you received Medicare Remittance Advice notification of these errors and disagree with the denials, send a written request for a redetermination (appeal) to Palmetto GBA. A redetermination is the first level of appeal and must be requested within
120 days of the date shown on the remittance advice notice of the denied services.

Do not refile the claim. The decision for the denial was based upon CERT’s review of medical records; therefore, it can only be resolved by filing an appeal.

Please clearly indicate 'CERT' when completing the redetermination form


Thursday, March 23, 2017

primary paid more than secondary allowed - Denial

0364 Primary carrier payment equals or exceeds DMAS’ allowed amount

The claim was submitted with COB code indicating there was a primary carrier which paid on this claim and that the primary carrier’s payment to you equaled or exceeded Medicaid’s allowed amount. DMAS will not reimburse you if the primary carrier payment exceeds the Medicaid allowed amount.


0017 Missing Former Reference Number

The original Internal Control Number (ICN) for claims that are being submitted to adjust or void the original PAID claim must be provided.


0077  Adjustment Denied - Original Payment Request Already  Adjusted/Voided

An adjustment or void request cannot be submitted for a payment that has been previously adjusted or voided.

0015 primary Carrier Pay Missing or Invalid

CMS-1500 – our records show there is a primary carrier and no TPL information is on the claim.
UB-04: if claim was submitted with a COB code of ‘83’ (primary carrier billed and paid) under ‘code’, the payment made by the primary carrier must be under ‘amount.”

0352  only Paid Payment Requests Can be Adjusted/Voided

Only paid payment requests can be adjusted or voided. If the claim previously denied, you must submit the claim as a new claim.

0014 Billed Amount Missing or Invalid

CMS-1500 – Billed charges should be on each line. Do not use a decimal point.
UB-04 – The billed charges must be numeric without spaces.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Denial - Enrolle not eligible on DOS

0318 Enrollee not eligible on DOS

Claim will deny if the client is not eligible during dates of service billed. Check enrollee eligibility status through MediCall to verify eligibility on the date of service being rendered. If the enrollee is not eligible no payment will be received from Virginia Medicaid. If upon verification you find that the client is now eligible on that date of service resubmit the claim.



0313 Enrollee is covered by private insurance, refer to third party information of this R/A

Our system indicates that there is a primary carrier, which needs to be billed prior to Medicaid. This carrier is now listed on your remittance advice under the claims information for that particular client. Please refer to this other coverage information which should be billed as primary.
*NOTE: If the client states there is no other coverage then they will need to contact their case worker at the Department of Social Services to have this information corrected



0039 Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Only Enrollee. Medicaid coverage limited to deductible and coinsurance.

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Only clients are eligible only for payment of Medicare premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance. If a QMB Only claim is denied by Medicare then there will be no reimbursement by Medicaid.


0983 Enrollee Not on File 

Verify the enrollee’s Medicaid ID number.



0456  Enrollee Not Covered for this Service

Verify the enrollee is covered for the service you are billing.


0004 Enrollee ID Missing or Not in Valid Format

Verify the enrollee number for eligibility. The twelve digit enrollee number should appear as it is on the Medicaid Card.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Surgical dressing CPT code list

HCPCS CODES:


Group 1 Codes:

A4450 TAPE, NON-WATERPROOF, PER 18 SQUARE INCHES

A4452 TAPE, WATERPROOF, PER 18 SQUARE INCHES

A4461 SURGICAL DRESSING HOLDER, NON-REUSABLE, EACH

A4463 SURGICAL DRESSING HOLDER, REUSABLE, EACH

A4465 NON-ELASTIC BINDER FOR EXTREMITY

A4490 SURGICAL STOCKINGS ABOVE KNEE LENGTH, EACH

A4495 SURGICAL STOCKINGS THIGH LENGTH, EACH

A4500 SURGICAL STOCKINGS BELOW KNEE LENGTH, EACH

A4510 SURGICAL STOCKINGS FULL LENGTH, EACH

A4649 SURGICAL SUPPLY; MISCELLANEOUS

A6010 COLLAGEN BASED WOUND FILLER, DRY FORM, STERILE, PER GRAM OF COLLAGEN

A6011 COLLAGEN BASED WOUND FILLER, GEL/PASTE, PER GRAM OF COLLAGEN

A6021 COLLAGEN DRESSING, STERILE, SIZE 16 SQ. IN. OR LESS, EACH

A6022 COLLAGEN DRESSING, STERILE, SIZE MORE THAN 16 SQ. IN. BUT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO 48 SQ. IN., EACH

A6023 COLLAGEN DRESSING, STERILE, SIZE MORE THAN 48 SQ. IN., EACH

A6024 COLLAGEN DRESSING WOUND FILLER, STERILE, PER 6 INCHES

A6025 GEL SHEET FOR DERMAL OR EPIDERMAL APPLICATION, (E.G., SILICONE, HYDROGEL, OTHER), EACH

A6154 WOUND POUCH, EACH

A6196 ALGINATE OR OTHER FIBER GELLING DRESSING, WOUND COVER, STERILE, PAD SIZE 16 SQ. IN. OR LESS, EACH DRESSING

A6197 ALGINATE OR OTHER FIBER GELLING DRESSING, WOUND COVER, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 16 SQ. IN. BUT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO 48 SQ. IN., EACH DRESSING

A6198 ALGINATE OR OTHER FIBER GELLING DRESSING, WOUND COVER, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 48 SQ. IN., EACH DRESSING

A6199 ALGINATE OR OTHER FIBER GELLING DRESSING, WOUND FILLER, STERILE, PER 6 INCHES

A6203 COMPOSITE DRESSING, STERILE, PAD SIZE 16 SQ. IN. OR LESS, WITH ANY SIZE ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6204 COMPOSITE DRESSING, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 16 SQ. IN. BUT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO 48 SQ. IN., WITH ANY SIZE ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6205 COMPOSITE DRESSING, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 48 SQ. IN., WITH ANY SIZE ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6206 CONTACT LAYER, STERILE, 16 SQ. IN. OR LESS, EACH DRESSING

A6207 CONTACT LAYER, STERILE, MORE THAN 16 SQ. IN. BUT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO 48 SQ. IN., EACH DRESSING

A6208 CONTACT LAYER, STERILE, MORE THAN 48 SQ. IN., EACH DRESSING

A6209 FOAM DRESSING, WOUND COVER, STERILE, PAD SIZE 16 SQ. IN. OR LESS, WITHOUT ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6210 FOAM DRESSING, WOUND COVER, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 16 SQ. IN. BUT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO 48 SQ. IN., WITHOUT
ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6211 FOAM DRESSING, WOUND COVER, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 48 SQ. IN., WITHOUT ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6212 FOAM DRESSING, WOUND COVER, STERILE, PAD SIZE 16 SQ. IN. OR LESS, WITH ANY SIZE ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6213 FOAM DRESSING, WOUND COVER, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 16 SQ. IN. BUT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO 48 SQ. IN., WITH ANY
SIZE ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6214 FOAM DRESSING, WOUND COVER, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 48 SQ. IN., WITH ANY SIZE ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6215 FOAM DRESSING, WOUND FILLER, STERILE, PER GRAM

A6216 GAUZE, NON-IMPREGNATED, NON-STERILE, PAD SIZE 16 SQ. IN. OR LESS, WITHOUT ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6217 GAUZE, NON-IMPREGNATED, NON-STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 16 SQ. IN. BUT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO 48 SQ. IN., WITHOUT
ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6218 GAUZE, NON-IMPREGNATED, NON-STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 48 SQ. IN., WITHOUT ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6219 GAUZE, NON-IMPREGNATED, STERILE, PAD SIZE 16 SQ. IN. OR LESS, WITH ANY SIZE ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6220 GAUZE, NON-IMPREGNATED, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 16 SQ. IN. BUT LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO 48 SQ. IN., WITH ANY SIZE
ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6221 GAUZE, NON-IMPREGNATED, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 48 SQ. IN., WITH ANY SIZE ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6222 GAUZE, IMPREGNATED WITH OTHER THAN WATER, NORMAL SALINE, OR HYDROGEL, STERILE, PAD SIZE 16 SQ. IN. OR LESS, WITHOUT
ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6223 GAUZE, IMPREGNATED WITH OTHER THAN WATER, NORMAL SALINE, OR HYDROGEL, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 16 SQ. IN., BUT
LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO 48 SQ. IN., WITHOUT ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6224 GAUZE, IMPREGNATED WITH OTHER THAN WATER, NORMAL SALINE, OR HYDROGEL, STERILE, PAD SIZE MORE THAN 48 SQ. IN., WITHOUT
ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH DRESSING

A6228 GAUZE, IMPREGNATED, WATER OR NORMAL SALINE, STERILE, PAD SIZE 16 SQ. IN. OR LESS, WITHOUT ADHESIVE BORDER, EACH
DRESSING

Coverage Indications, Limitations, and/or Medical Necessity

For any item to be covered by Medicare, it must 1) be eligible for a defined Medicare benefit category, 2) be reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury or to improve the functioning of a malformed body member, and 3) meet all other applicable Medicare statutory and regulatory requirements. For the items addressed in this local coverage determination, the criteria for "reasonable and necessary", based on Social Security Act § 1862(a)(1)(A) provisions, are defined by the following coverage indications, limitations and/or medical necessity.

If the coverage criteria described below are not met, the claim will be denied as not reasonable and necessary.

For an item to be covered by Medicare, a written signed and dated order must be received by the supplier before a claim is submitted. If the supplier bills for an item without first receiving the completed order, the item will be denied as not reasonable and necessary.

Surgical dressings are covered for as long as they are medically necessary. Dressings over a percutaneous catheter or tube (e.g., intravascular, epidural, nephrostomy, etc.) are covered as long as the catheter or tube remains in place and after removal until the wound heals. (Refer to Coding Guidelines in the associated Policy Article)

Surgical dressings used in conjunction with investigational wound healing therapy (e.g., platelet derived wound healing formula) may be covered if all applicable coverage criteria are met based on the number and type of surgical dressings that are appropriate to treat the wound if the investigational therapy were not being used.

When a wound cover with an adhesive border is being used, no other dressing is needed on top of it and additional tape is usually not required. Reasons for use of additional tape must be well documented. An adhesive border is usually more binding than that obtained with separate taping and is therefore indicated for use with wounds requiring less frequent dressing changes.

Use of more than one type of wound filler or more than one type of wound cover in a single wound is rarely medically necessary and the reasons must be well documented. An exception is an alginate or other fiber gelling dressing wound cover or a saline, water, or hydrogel impregnated gauze dressing which might need an additional wound cover.

It may not be appropriate to use some combinations of a hydrating dressing on the same wound at the same time as an absorptive dressing (e.g., hydrogel and alginate).

Because composite dressings, foam and hydrocolloid wound covers, and transparent film, when used as secondary dressings, are meant to be changed at frequencies less than daily, appropriate clinical judgment should be used to avoid their use with primary dressings which require more frequent dressing changes. When claims are submitted for these dressings for changes greater than once every other day, the quantity in excess of that amount will be denied as not reasonable and necessary. While a highly exudative wound might require such a combination initially, with continued proper management the wound usually progresses to a point where the appropriate selection of these products results in the less frequent dressing changes which they are designed to allow. An example of an inappropriate combination is the use of a specialty absorptive dressing on top of non-impregnated gauze being used as a primary dressing.

Dressing size must be based on and appropriate to the size of the wound. For wound covers, the pad size is usually about 2 inches greater than the dimensions of the wound. For example, a 5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.) wound requires a 4 in. x 4 in. pad size.

The quantity and type of dressings dispensed at any one time must take into account the current status of the wound(s), the likelihood of change, and the recent use of dressings.

Dressing needs may change frequently (e.g., weekly) in the early phases of wound treatment and/or with heavily draining wounds. Suppliers are also expected to have a mechanism for determining the quantity of dressings that the patient is actually using and to adjust their provision of dressings accordingly. No more than a one month's supply of dressings may be provided at one time, unless there is documentation to support the necessity of greater quantities in the home setting in an individual case. An even smaller quantity may be appropriate in the situations described above.

Surgical dressings must be tailored to the specific needs of an individual patient. When surgical dressings are provided in kits, only those components of the kit that meet the definition of a surgical dressing, that are ordered by the physician, and that are medically necessary are covered.

The following are some specific coverage guidelines for individual products when the products themselves are necessary in the individual patient. The medical necessity for more frequent change of dressings must be documented in the patient's medical record and submitted with the claim (see Documentation section).

ALGINATE OR OTHER FIBER GELLING DRESSING (A6196-A6199):

Alginate or other fiber gelling dressing covers are covered for moderately to highly exudative full thickness wounds (e.g., stage III or IV ulcers); and alginate or other fiber gelling dressing fillers for moderately to highly exudative full thickness wound cavities (e.g., stage III or IV ulcers). They are not medically necessary on dry wounds or wounds covered with eschar. Usual dressing change is up to once per day. One wound cover sheet of the approximate size of the wound or up to 2 units of wound filler (1 unit = 6 inches of alginate or other fiber gelling dressing rope) is usually used at each dressing change. It is usually inappropriate to use alginates or other fiber gelling dressings in combination with hydrogels.

COMPOSITE DRESSING (A6203-A6205):

Usual composite dressing change is up to 3 times per week, one wound cover per dressing change.

CONTACT LAYER (A6206-A6208):

Contact layer dressings are used to line the entire wound; they are not intended to be changed with each dressing change. Usual dressing change is up to once per week.

FOAM DRESSING (A6209-A6215):

Foam dressings are covered when used on full thickness wounds (e.g., stage III or IV ulcers) with moderate to heavy exudate. Usual dressing change for a foam wound cover used as a primary dressing is up to 3 times per week. When a foam wound cover is used as a secondary dressing for wounds with very heavy exudate, dressing change may be up to 3 times per week. Usual dressing change for foam wound fillers is up to once per day.

GAUZE, NON-IMPREGNATED (A6216-A6221, A6402-A6404, A6407):

Usual non-impregnated gauze dressing change is up to 3 times per day for a dressing without a border and once per day for a dressing with a border. It is usually not necessary to stack more than 2 gauze pads on top of each other in any one area.

GAUZE, IMPREGNATED, WITH OTHER THAN WATER, NORMAL SALINE, HYDROGEL, OR ZINC PASTE (A6222-A6224, A6266):

Usual dressing change for gauze dressings impregnated with other than water, normal saline, hydrogel or zinc paste is up to once per day.

GAUZE, IMPREGNATED, WATER OR NORMAL SALINE (A6228-A6230):

There is no medical necessity for these dressings compared to non-impregnated gauze which is moistened with bulk saline or sterile water. When these dressings are billed, they will be denied as not reasonable and necessary.

HYDROCOLLOID DRESSING (A6234-A6241):

Hydrocolloid dressings are covered for use on wounds with light to moderate exudate. Usual dressing change for hydrocolloid wound covers or hydrocolloid wound fillers is up to 3 times per week.

HYDROGEL DRESSING (A6231-A6233, A6242-A6248):

Hydrogel dressings are covered when used on full thickness wounds with minimal or no exudate (e.g., stage III or IV ulcers). Hydrogel dressings are not usually medically necessary for stage II ulcers. Documentation must substantiate the medical necessity for use of hydrogel dressings for stage II ulcers (e.g., location of ulcer is sacro-coccygeal area). Usual dressing change for hydrogel wound covers without adhesive border or hydrogel wound fillers is up to once per day. Usual dressing change for hydrogel wound covers with adhesive border is up to 3 times per week.

The quantity of hydrogel filler used for each wound must not exceed the amount needed to line the surface of the wound. Additional amounts used to fill a cavity are not medically necessary. Documentation must substantiate the medical necessity for code A6248 billed in excess of 3 units (fluid ounces) per wound in 30 days.

Use of more than one type of hydrogel dressing (filler, cover, or impregnated gauze) on the same wound at the same time is not medically necessary.

SPECIALTY ABSORPTIVE DRESSING (A6251-A6256):

Specialty absorptive dressings are covered when used for moderately or highly exudative wounds (e.g., stage III or IV ulcers). Usual specialty absorptive dressing change is up to once per day for a dressing without an adhesive border and up to every other day for a dressing with a border.

TRANSPARENT FILM (A6257-A6259):

Transparent film dressings are covered when used on open partial thickness wounds with minimal exudate or closed wounds. Usual dressing change is up to 3 times per week.

WOUND FILLER, NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED (A6261-A6262):

Usual dressing change is up to once per day.

WOUND POUCH (A6154):

Usual dressing change is up to 3 times per week.

TAPE (A4450, A4452):

Tape is covered when needed to hold on a wound cover, elastic roll gauze or non-elastic roll gauze. Additional tape is usually not required when a wound cover with an adhesive border is used. The medical necessity for tape in these situations must be documented. Tape change is determined by the frequency of change of the wound cover. Quantities of tape submitted must reasonably reflect the size of the wound cover being secured. Usual use for wound covers measuring 16 square inches or less is up to 2 units per dressing change; for wound covers measuring 16 to 48 square inches, up to 3 units per dressing change; for wound covers measuring greater than 48 square inches, up to 4 units per dressing change.

LIGHT COMPRESSION BANDAGE (A6448-A6450), MODERATE/HIGH COMPRESSION BANDAGE (A6451, A6452),SELF-ADHERENT BANDAGE (A6453-A6455), CONFORMING BANDAGE (A6442-A6447), PADDING BANDAGE (A6441):

Most compression bandages are reusable. Usual frequency of replacement would be no more than one per week unless they are part of a multi-layer compression bandage system.

Conforming bandage dressing change is determined by the frequency of change of the selected underlying dressing.

GRADIENT COMPRESSION WRAP (A6545):

Coverage of a non-elastic gradient compression wrap (A6545) is limited to one per 6 months per leg. Quantities exceeding this amount will be denied as not reasonable and necessary. Refer to Policy Article for statement concerning noncoverage if the ulcer has healed.

Bill Type Codes:
Contractors may specify Bill Types to help providers identify those Bill Types typically used to report this service. Absence of a Bill Type does not guarantee that the policy does not apply to that Bill Type. Complete absence of all Bill Types indicates that coverage is not influenced by Bill Type and the policy should be assumed to apply equally to all claims.
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Revenue Codes:
Contractors may specify Revenue Codes to help providers identify those Revenue Codes typically used to report this service. In most instances Revenue Codes are purely advisory. Unless specified in the policy, services reported under other Revenue Codes are equally subject to this coverage determination. Complete absence of all Revenue Codes indicates that coverage is not influenced by Revenue Code and the policy should be assumed to apply equally to all Revenue Codes.

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CPT/HCPCS Codes

Group 1 Paragraph: The appearance of a code in this section does not necessarily indicate coverage.

HCPCS MODIFIERS:

A1 – Dressing for one wound

A2 – Dressing for two wounds

A3 – Dressing for three wounds

A4 – Dressing for four wounds

A5 – Dressing for five wounds

A6 – Dressing for six wounds

A7 – Dressing for seven wounds

A8 – Dressing for eight wounds

A9 – Dressing for nine wounds

AW – Item furnished in conjunction with a surgical dressing

EY – No physician or other licensed health care provider order for this item or service

GY - Item or service statutorily noncovered or does not meet the definition of any Medicare benefit

LT - Left side

RT - Right side


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