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Notice: It is not appropriate to bill Medicare for services that are not covered (as described by this entire LCD) as if they are covered. When billing for non-covered services, use the appropriate modifier.
Patient controlled analgesia - The postoperative insertion of an intravenous catheter and preprogramming of a patient-activated delivery system to control the first several days of postoperative pain.
Epidural anesthesia - The insertion of a catheter allowing access to the epidural space for the purpose of injecting anesthetic or narcotic medication.
Trigger point injections
This LCD supplements but does not replace, modify or supersede existing Medicare applicable National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) or payment policy rules and regulations for pain management services. Federal statute and subsequent Medicare regulations regarding provision and payment for medical services are lengthy. They are not repeated in this LCD. Neither Medicare payment policy rules nor this LCD replace, modify or supersede applicable state statutes regarding medical practice or other health practice professions acts, definitions and/or scopes of practice. All providers who report services for Medicare payment must fully understand and follow all existing laws, regulations and rules for Medicare payment for pain management services and must properly submit only valid claims for them. Please review and understand them and apply the medical necessity provisions in the policy within the context of the manual rules. Relevant CMS manual instructions and policies regarding pain management services are found in the following Internet-Only Manuals (IOMs) published on the CMS Web site:
- Medicare Benefit Policy Manual - Pub. 100-02: Chapters 1 and 15.
- Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual - Pub. 100-03.
- Correct Coding Initiative - Medicare Contractor Beneficiary and Provider Communications Manual - Pub. 100-09, Chapter 5.
- Social Security Act (Title XVIII) Standard References, Sections:
- 1862(a)(1)(A) Medically Reasonable & Necessary.
- 1862(a)(1)(D) Investigational or Experimental.
- 1862(a)(7) Screening (Routine Physical Checkups).
- 1833(e) Incomplete Claim.
Jurisdiction "H" Notice:
Jurisdiction "H" comprises the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Novitas is responsible for claims payment and Local Coverage Determination (LCD) development for this jurisdiction. This LCD was created as a part of the legacy transition (8/13/2012 - 11/19/2012); and, is a consolidation of the previous legacy contractors' policies. Coverage of each LCD begins when the state/contract number combination officially is integrated into the Jurisdiction. On the CMS MCD, this date is known as either the Original Effective Date or the Revision Effective Date. The following table details the official effective dates for each state/contract number combination.
ST Legacy A
J "H" MAC A
J "H" MAC B
AR PBSI: 00520 (J7) Novitas: 07102 08/13/12 LA PBSI: 00528 (J7) Novitas: 07202 08/13/12 AR PBSI: 00020 (J7) Novitas: 07101 08/20/12 LA PBSI: 00233 (J7) Novitas: 07201 08/20/12 MS PBSI: 00233 (J7) Novitas: 07301 08/20/12 MS Cahaba: 00512 (J7) Novitas: 07302 10/22/12 J 4
Trailblazer: 04901 Novitas: 04911 10/29/12 CO Trailblazer: 04101 Novitas: 04111 10/29/12 NM Trailblazer: 04201 Novitas: 04211 10/29/12 OK Trailblazer: 04301 Novitas: 04311 10/29/12 TX Trailblazer: 04401 Novitas: 04411 10/29/12 CO Trailblazer: 04102 Novitas: 04112 11/19/12 NM Trailblazer: 04202 Novitas: 04212 11/19/12 OK Trailblazer: 04302 Novitas: 04312 11/19/12 TX Trailblazer: 04402 Novitas: 04412 11/19/12
Contractor Name(Contractor Number) - Contractor Info
Other Contractor Local Coverage Determinations
"Pain Management," TrailBlazer LCD, (00400) L17454, (00900) L17444.
"Paravertebral Facet Joint," TrailBlazer LCD, (00400) L14129, (00900) L14138.
"Paravertebral Facet Joint Block and Facet Joint Denervation," Noridian Administrative Services, LLC LCD, (CO) L23747.
"Blocks and Destruction of Somatic and Sympathetic Nerves," Noridian Administrative Services, LLC LCD, (CO) L23692.
"Injection of Spinal Canal," Noridian Administrative Services, LLC LCD, (CO) L16553.
"Trigger Point Injections," Noridian Administrative Services, LLC LCD, (CO) L23773.
"Paravertebral Facet Nerve Denervation," Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield (Pinnacle) LCD, (OK, NM) L12131.
"Paravertebral Facet Joint Nerve Block," Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield (Pinnacle) LCD, (OK, NM) L8151.
"Intercostal Nerve Blocks/Neurolysis," Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield (Pinnacle) LCD, (OK, NM) L16131.
"Steroid Injections," Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield (Pinnacle) LCD, (OK, NM) L11682 and L11835.
"Local Injections for Trigger Points," Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield (Pinnacle) LCD, (OK, NM) L11677 and L11783.
"Epidural Injections," Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield (Pinnacle) LCD, (OK, NM) L13444 and L13457.
Novitas Solutions, Inc. - JH Local Coverage Determination (LCD) Consolidation
Narrative Justification - Most Clinically Appropriate LCD
L32122, Surgery: Injections of the Spinal Canal, Cahaba, MS - B
L26743, Pain Management, TrailBlazer, CO, NM, OK, TX - A/B
L8097, Local Injections for Trigger Points, Pinnacle, AR - B
L31008, Epidural Injections, Pinnacle, LA, MS - A
L13483, Epidural Injections, Pinnacle, LA - B
L21874, Epidural Injections, Pinnacle, AR - A
L13423, Epidural Injections, Pinnacle, AR - B
L31034, Local Injections for Trigger Points, Pinnacle, LA, MS - A
L11955, Local Injections for Trigger Points, Pinnacle, LA - B
L18767, Local Injections for Trigger Points, Pinnacle, AR - A
L30647, Surgery: Trigger Point Injections, Cahaba, MS - B
LCD L26743 from TrailBlazer is the most comprehensive of all the LCDs reviewed given the significant overlap between LCDs. L26743 includes trigger point injections, epidural injections, nerve blocks, and other miscellaneous spinal injections covered in the other LCDs. L26743 has a well written Indications/Limitations sections and the most comprehensive list of CPT codes. The Sources of Information and Basis for Decision is not present in L26743 as TrailBlazer adopted the LCD from another LCD during the J4 transition. L26743 is the most clinically appropriate LCD.
Advisory Committee Meeting Notes
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.12 - Hospital Inpatient (Medicare Part B only)
13 - Hospital Outpatient
18 - Hospital - Swing Beds
21 - Skilled Nursing - Inpatient (Including Medicare Part A)
22 - Skilled Nursing - Inpatient (Medicare Part B only)
23 - Skilled Nursing - Outpatient
71 - Clinic - Rural Health
75 - Clinic - Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF)
77 - Clinic - Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
83 - Ambulatory Surgery Center
85 - Critical Access Hospital
Note: The contractor has identified the Bill Type and Revenue Codes applicable for use with the CPT/HCPCS codes included in this LCD. Providers are reminded that not all CPT/HCPCS codes listed can be billed with all Bill Type and/or Revenue Codes listed. CPT/HCPCS codes are required to be billed with specific Bill Type and Revenue Codes. Providers are encouraged to refer to the CMS Internet-Only Manual (IOM) Pub. 100-04, Claims Processing Manual, for further guidance.0360 - Operating Room Services - General Classification
0450 - Emergency Room - General Classification
0490 - Ambulatory Surgical Care - General Classification
0499 - Ambulatory Surgical Care - Other Ambulatory Surgical
0500 - Outpatient Services - General Classification
0509 - Outpatient Services - Other Outpatient
0510 - Clinic - General Classification
0511 - Clinic - Chronic Pain Center
0512 - Clinic - Dental Clinic
0513 - Clinic - Psychiatric Clinic
0514 - Clinic - OB-GYN Clinic
0515 - Clinic - Pediatric Clinic
0516 - Clinic - Urgent Care Clinic
0517 - Clinic - Family Practice Clinic
0519 - Clinic - Other Clinic
0520 - Free-Standing Clinic - General Classification
0521 - Free-Standing Clinic - Clinic Visit by Member to RHC/FQHC
0522 - Free-Standing Clinic - Home Visit by RHC/FQHC Practitioner
0523 - Free-Standing Clinic - Family Practice Clinic
0524 - Free-Standing Clinic - Visit by RHC/FQHC Practitioner to a Member in a Covered Part A Stay at SNF
0525 - Free-Standing Clinic - Visit by RHC/FQHC Practitioner to a Member in a SNF (not in a Covered Part A Stay) or NF or ICF MR or Other Residential Facility
0526 - Free-Standing Clinic - Urgent Care Clinic
0527 - Free-Standing Clinic - Visiting Nurse Service(s) to a Member's Home when in a Home Health Shortage Area
0528 - Free-Standing Clinic - Visit by RHC/FQHC Practitioner to Other non-RHC/FQHC site (e.g., Scene of Accident)
0529 - Free-Standing Clinic - Other Freestanding Clinic
0761 - Specialty Services - Treatment Room
Note: Providers are reminded to refer to the long descriptors of the CPT codes in their CPT book. 20552 20553 62263 62264 62280 62281 62282 62310 62311 62318 62319 64400 64402 64405 64408 64410 64412 64413 64415 64417 64418 64420 64421 64425 64430 64435 64445 64450 64483 64484 64505 64508 64510 64520 64530 64633 64634 64635 64636 77003
Note: Providers should continue to submit ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes without decimals on their claim forms and electronic claims.
The CPT/HCPCS codes included in this LCD will be subjected to "procedure to diagnosis" editing. The following lists include only those diagnoses for which the identified CPT/HCPCS procedures are covered. If a covered diagnosis is not on the claim, the edit will automatically deny the service as not medically necessary.
Medicare is establishing the following limited coverage for CPT/HCPCS codes 20552 and 20553 (trigger point injections):
720.1 723.9 726.19 726.32 726.39 726.5 726.71 726.72 726.79 726.90 729.0 729.1 729.4 Medicare is establishing the following limited coverage for CPT/HCPCS codes 64633, 64634, 64635 and 64636.
721.0 721.1 721.2 721.3 721.41 721.42 721.90 721.91 722.4 722.51 722.52 722.6 722.70 722.71 722.72 722.73 722.81 722.82 722.83 733.13 738.4
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