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Report modifier -JW for discarded amounts of single-use drugs and biologicals: CAP participants excluded

Briefings on APCs, July 1, 2008

Providers should report modifier -JW ("Drug or biological amount discarded/not administered to any patient") when processing certain types of drugs to receive payment for partial use of those drugs, according to Transmittal 1478, which became effective April 14. According to the transmittal, CMS hopes the modifier will result in the most efficient possible use of biologicals and drugs. Report this modifier when a provider administers the patient part of a biological or drug from a single-use package or a single-use vial. Modifier -JW ensures payment for the portion the patient received and the portion discarded.

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