AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2001 Issue 4

New HCPCS codes for drugs and blood products

AProgram Memorandum (PM), Transmittal A-01-107 was published recently which provided a listing of certain changes to the hospital OPPS for the October 2001 update. These changes include revised APCs for certain new technology procedure/services, two new drugs eligible for passthrough payments, one new blood product reportable under OPPS, and revised payment rates for two drugs eligible for pass-through payments. To receive transitional passthrough payments or new technology payments, qualified items and services must be considered reasonable and necessary in a given case. These changes became effective October 1, 2001. I. New technology procedure/service ambulatory payment classification (APC) HCPCS CODESIAPCDESCRIPTORSC9711...

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