Exceptions to Average Sales Price (ASP) Payment Methodology (Rev. 2437, 01-01-13) Medicare Pub 100-04 Drugs and Biologicals

by  Jared Staheli
July 8th, 2015

The payment allowance limits for blood and blood products (other than blood clotting factors) that are not paid on a reasonable charge or prospective payment basis, are determined in the same manner the payment allowance limits were determined on October 1, 2003. Specifically, the payment allowance limits for blood and blood products are 95 percent of the average wholesale price (AWP) as reflected in the published compendia. The payment allowance limits will be updated on a quarterly basis. Blood and blood products furnished in the hospital outpatient department are paid under OPPS at the amount specified for the Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) to which the product is assigned.

The payment allowance limits for infusion drugs furnished through a covered item of durable medical equipment on or after January 1, 2005, will continue to be 95 percent of the AWP reflected in the published compendia as of October 1, 2003, unless the drug is compounded or the drug is furnished incident to a professional service. The payment allowance limits for infusion drugs furnished through a covered item of durable medical equipment that were not listed in the published compendia as of October 1, 2003, (i.e., new drugs) are 95 percent of the first published AWP unless the drug is compounded or the drug is furnished incident to a professional service.

The payment allowance limits for influenza, Pneumococcal and Hepatitis B vaccines are 95 percent of the AWP as reflected in the published compendia except where the vaccine is furnished in a hospital outpatient department. Where the vaccine is administered in the hospital outpatient department, the vaccine is paid at reasonable cost. CMS will supply contractors with the payment allowance limits annually to be effective on August 1 of each year. Contractors will be notified of the availability of payment allowance limits via a Recurring Update Notification.

The payment allowance limits for drugs and biologicals that are not included in the ASP Medicare Part B Drug Pricing File or Not Otherwise Classified (NOC) Pricing File, other than new drugs that are produced or distributed under a new drug application (or other application) approved by the Food and Drug Administration, are based on the published Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC) or invoice pricing, except under OPPS where the payment allowance limit is 95 percent of the published AWP. In determining the payment limit based on WAC, the contractors follow the methodology specified in Publication. 100-04, Chapter 17, Drugs and Biologicals, for calculating the AWP, but substitute WAC for AWP. The payment limit is 106 percent of the lesser of the lowest-priced brand or median generic WAC.

Carriers, DME MACs, and A/B MACs shall develop payment allowance limits for covered drugs when CMS does not supply the payment allowance limit on the ASP drug pricing file. At the contractors‟ discretion, contractors may contact CMS to obtain payment limits for drugs not included in the quarterly ASP or NOC files or otherwise made available by CMS on the CMS Web site. If the payment limit is available from CMS, contractors will substitute CMS-provided payment limits for pricing based on WAC or invoice pricing. CMS will provide the payment limits either directly to the requesting contractor or via posting an MS Excel file on the CMS Web site.

The payment allowance limits for new drugs and biologicals that are produced or distributed under a new drug application (or other new application) approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and that are not included in the ASP Medicare Part B Drug Pricing File or Not Otherwise Classified (NOC) Pricing File, are based on 106 percent of the WAC, or invoice pricing if the WAC is not published, except under OPPS where the payment allowance limit is 95 percent of the published AWP. This policy applies only to new drugs that were first sold on or after January 1, 2005. At the contractors‟ discretion, contractors may contact CMS to obtain payment limits for new drugs not included in the quarterly ASP or NOC files or otherwise made available by CMS on the CMS Web site. If the payment limit is available from CMS, contractors will substitute CMS-provided payment limits for pricing based on WAC or invoice pricing. CMS will provide the payment limits either directly to the requesting contractor or via posting an MS Excel file on the CMS Web site.

The payment allowance limits for radiopharmaceuticals are not subject to ASP. Carriers should determine payment limits for radiopharmaceuticals based on the methodology in place as of November 2003 in the case of radiopharmaceuticals furnished in other than the hospital outpatient department. Refer to Chapter 17, §90.2 of the manual regarding radiopharmaceuticals furnished in the hospital outpatient department.

References:

Exceptions to Average Sales Price (ASP) Payment Methodology (Rev. 2437, 01-01-13) Medicare Pub 100-04 Drugs and Biologicals. (2015, July 8). Find-A-Code Articles. Retrieved from https://www.findacode.com/articles/exceptions-to-average-sales-price-asp-payment-methodology-rev-2437-01-01-13-medicare-pub-100-04-drugs-and-biologicals-27102.html

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