AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2003 Issue 1

Medicare coverage database goes live

The Medicare Coverage Database went live as of 12/19/02. The database contains three types of coverage documents: national coverage decisions (NCDs), national coverage analyses (NCAs), and local medical review policies (LMRPs). The Medicare contractors will also upload coverage and coding articles on the database. NCDs outline Medicare coverage for specific services, technologies or procedures on a national basis. NCDs are published in the Medicare Coverage Issues Manual. Medicare contractors (fiscal intermediaries (FI) and carriers) may make coverage decisions if an NCD or the Medicare Manual does not specifically address the item or service. NCAs are documents supporting the national...

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