LCD ID number: L29118, L29119, L29120, L29121 (Florida) LCD ID number: L29136, L29137, L29138, L29139 (Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands)
First Coast Service Options Inc. the Medicare J9 MAC, has reviewed the local coverage determinations (LCDs) for computed tomography (CT) scans and determined that language located under the "Documentation Requirements" section of the LCD should be revised to make the language consistent among all CT LCDs and to ensure the language is in line with the literature that supports these requirements. In some instances the references were also updated. These revisions serve to further expand on existing language found in the LCD. The following LCDs have been revised: 70450 computed tomography scans of the head or brain, 71250 computed tomography of the thorax, 72192 computed tomography of the abdomen and pelvis, and 74261 computed tomographic colonography.
These LCD revisions are effective for services rendered on or after April 5, 2011. FCSO LCDs are available through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare coverage database at http://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/overview-and-quick-search.aspx.
Coding guidelines for an LCD (when present) may be found by selecting "LCD Attachments" in the "Jump to Section 26" drop-down menu at the top of the LCD page. For LCDs with a future effective date, select the "Display Future Effective Documents" link at the top of the list of LCDs page.