AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2006 Issue 2; FOR your INFORMATION

The new modifier-FB: Item provided without cost to provider, supplier or practitioner (examples, but not limited to: covered under warranty, replaced due to defect, free samples)

Effective for services furnished on or after January 1, 2006, hospitals must report HCPCS modifier FB with the HCPCS code for a device that was furnished to the hospital without cost to the provider. For example, when a manufacturer furnishes (at no cost to the provider) a replacement device that has been recalled, or has failed, the hospital must report the modifier with the device code to indicate that the hospital did not incur a cost for the item. This requirement applies to all HCPCS C-codes or L-codes that describe devices. Hospitals cannot report modifier FB when they get...

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