Health Information Management

Q/A: CMS announces new HCPCS codes effective April 1

APCs Insider, March 30, 2012

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Q: Did CMS establish any new HCPCS codes in the April update to OPPS?

A: Yes. Transmittal 2418 establishes several new HCPCS codes that are effective April 1.
CMS added one new procedure HCPCS code, C9733 (non-ophthalmic fluorescent vascular angiography). CMS assigned code C9733 to APC 0397 with status indicator of Q2. Status indicator Q2 means that this will be a packaged service when reported on the same date of service as a procedure assigned status indicator T.

CMS established four new codes for drugs and biologicals, and assigned them status indicator G (pass-through status). The four codes are:

  • C9288–Injection, centruroides (scorpion) immune f(ab)2 (equine), 1 vial
  • C9289–Injection, asparaginase erwinia chrysanthemi, 1000 international units (I.U.)
  • C9290–Injection bupivacaine liposome, 1mg
  • C9291–Injection, aflibercept, 2mg vial

Discuss these new codes with staff in appropriate departments of your facility I to ensure they are added to your chargemaster if your facility provides these services, drugs, or biologicals.

Editor’s note: Andrea Clark, RHIA, CCS, CPCH, chairman, CEO, and founder of Health Revenue Assurance Associates, Inc., in Plantation, FL, answered this question.



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