AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2006 Issue 1; FOR your INFORMATION

Coding changes for low osmolar contrast material and MRI contrast agents

Effective for services furnished after December 31, 2005, HCPCS codes A4644, Supply of low osmolar contrast material (100-199 mgs of iodine), A4645, Supply of low osmolar contrast material (200-299 mgs of iodine), and A4646, Supply of low osmolar contrast material (300-399 mgs of iodine), which represented low osmolar contrast materials, were deleted from the Medicare hospital OPPS. These codes were replaced with the new HCPCS Q codes, which were created in April 2005, but were not recognized for payments in OPPS until January 1, 2006. The replacement codes and their descriptors are listed on the next page. Replacement Q-codes...

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