Bone Mass Measurements (BMMs)

by  Find-A-Code
September 25th, 2015

Listed is a summary of the revisions and additions to Chapter 13 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual and Chapter 15 of the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual.

CHAPTER 13

Effective for dates of service on and after January 1, 2007, the CY 2007 Physician Fee Schedule final rule expanded the number of beneficiaries qualifying for BMM by reducing the dosage requirement for glucocorticoid (steroid) therapy from 7.5 mg of prednisone per day to 5.0 mg. It also changed the definition of BMM by removing coverage for a single-photon absorptiometry (SPA) as it is not considered reasonable and necessary under section 1862 (a)(1)(A) of the Act.

Effective for dates of services on and after January 1, 2007, the following changes apply to BMM:

• New 2007 CPT bone mass codes have been assigned for BMM. The following codes will replace current codes, however the CPT descriptors for the services remain the same: 77078 replaces 76070, 77081 replaces 76076, 77079 replaces 76071, 77083 replaces 76078, 77080 replaces 76075.

• BMM is not covered when a procedure other than dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry is used to monitor osteoporosis drug therapy. Therefore, Medicare will not pay for procedure codes 76977, 77078, 77079, 77081, 77083 and G0130 when billed with the following ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes: 733.00733.01733.02, 733.03, 733.09, 733.90, 255.0.

• BMM is covered when dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry is used to monitor osteoporosis drug therapy. Therefore, Medicare will pay procedure code 77080 when billed with the following ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes or any of the other valid ICD-9-CM diagnoses that are recognized by Medicare contractors appropriate for bone mass measurements: 733.00, 733.01, 733.02, 733.03, 733.09, 733.90, 255.0.

In informing beneficiaries about the denials of claims processed for BMMs, Medicare will use the following Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) Messages, effective for services on or after January 1, 2007:

• MSN# 16.10: “Medicare does not pay for this item or service.” (FIs should not include this MSN.)

• If an Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) was issued, the following MSN will also follow:

• If an ABN was not issued the following MSN will also follow: 

Note: Medicare will not cover single photon absorptiometry and procedure code 78350 will be denied (using MSN# 16.10) for services on or after January 1, 2007.

• Effective January 1, 2007 the following Remittance Advice (RA) Messages will be issued when Medicare denies BMM claims:

• Advance Beneficiary Notices (ABNs) physicians, practitioners and hospitals are liable for payment unless they issue an appropriate ABN. More information on ABNs may be found in Chapter 30, Sections 40.3-40.3.8 of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, located at http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Manuals/Internet-Only-Manuals-IOMs.html on the CMS website.

CHAPTER 15

• Definition of BMM: a radiologic, radioisotopic, or other procedure that meets all of the following conditions:

Conditions for Coverage

• Medicare covers BMM if it is ordered by a qualified physician or nonphysician practitioner, who is treating the beneficiary following an evaluation of the need for a BMM and the appropriate BMM to be used.

• The BMM must be performed under the appropriate level of supervision as defined in 42 CFR 410.32(b).

• The BMM must be reasonable and necessary for diagnosis and treatment of a beneficiary who meets at least one of the following conditions:

NOTE: Since not every woman who has been prescribed estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) may be receiving an “adequate” dose of the therapy, the fact that a woman is receiving ERT should not preclude her treating physician or other qualified treating nonphysician practitioner from ordering a bone mass measurement for her. If a BMM is ordered for a woman following a careful evaluation of her medical need, however, it is expected that the ordering treating physician (or other qualified treating nonphysician practitioner) will document in her medical record why he or she believes that the woman is estrogen-deficient and at clinical risk for osteoporosis.

• In the case of any individual who being monitored to assess the response to or efficacy of an FDA-approved osteoporosis drug therapy, the BMM must be performed with a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry system (axial skeleton).

• In the case of any individual who meets the above conditions and who has a confirmatory BMM, the BMM is performed by a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry system (axial skeleton) if the initial BMM was not performed by a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry system (axial skeleton). A confirmatory baseline BMM is not covered if the initial BMM was performed by a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry system (axial skeleton).

Frequency Standards

• Medicare pays for a screening BMM once every 2 years

• Medicare may pay for more frequent screenings when medically necessary. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following medical circumstances:

• Noncovered BMMs occur when they are not considered reasonable and necessary under section 1862 (a) (1) (A) of the Act.

Additional Information

For complete details regarding this Change Request (CR) please see the official instruction (CR5521) issued to your Medicare carrier, FI or A/B MAC. That instruction consists of 3 transmittals, i.e.:

• Transmittal 69, which contains the Medicare National Coverage Determination, which is at http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and- MLN Matters Number: MM5521 Related Change Request Number: 5521 Page 7 of 7 Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/downloads/R69NCD.pdf on the CMS website;

• Transmittal 70, which contains the revised Medicare Benefit Policy Manual sections, is at http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-andGuidance/Guidance/Transmittals/downloads/R70bp.pdf on the CMS website; and

• Transmittal 1236 contains the Medicare Claims Processing Manual revisions and is at http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-andGuidance/Guidance/Transmittals/downloads/R1236CP.pdf on the CMS website.

If you have questions, please contact your Medicare carrier, FI or A/B MAC, at their toll-free number, which may be found at http://www.cms.gov/ResearchStatistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/provider-compliance-interactivemap/index.html on the CMS website.

A brochure outlining ‘Bone Mass Measurements’ is available at http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-NetworkMLN/MLNProducts/downloads/Bone_Mass.pdf on the CMS website.

This article was taken from: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM5521.pdf.

References:

Bone Mass Measurements (BMMs). (2015, September 25). Find-A-Code Articles. Retrieved from https://www.findacode.com/articles/https-www-cms-gov-outreach-and-education-medicare-learning-network-mln-mlnmattersarticles-downloads-mm5521-pdf-27368.html

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