tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 11

Reader Question: Don't Forget the Modifiers While Coding For an Alcohol Monitoring Device

Question: How do we code for a rented Alcohol Monitoring Device? Are there any modifiers to append here? Utah Subscriber Answer: There is no specific HCPCS code for an Alcohol Monitoring Device. If you are a DME provider, you may report HCPCS code A9279 (Monitoring feature/device, stand-alone or integrated, any type, includes all accessories, components and electronics, not otherwise classified) for billing of an Alcohol Monitoring Device along with modifiers for renting this equipment. The modifiers are: BR (The beneficiary has been informed of the purchase and rental options and has elected to rent the item). Use BR only...

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