INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- New Clinical and Billing Information
- New HCPCS® Codes Effective 10/1/2020 Now Available
- Deleted and Revised HCPCS® Now Available
- Quarterly ASP (Average Sales Price) Pricing File Released
- October 2020 NOC (Not Otherwise Classified) Pricing File
- Hospital OPPS (Outpatient Prospective Payment System) Update
- Crosswalk Update for J7401
Large Price Changes:
We identify and report on the codes with the most substantial pricing increases or decreases each month and detail the rationale for the change.
Of the 49 AWP Drug Code Price changes this month, 25 (51%) were price decreases. The table in the Drug Reimbursement Code Price Updates section includes all AWP drug Code Price changes for this month. Please note: These numbers represent AWP Code Price changes only. See below for examples of codes with significant price changes this month.
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- J0330 Injection, succinylcholine chloride, up to 20mg, 33%
- J0594 Injection, busulfan, 1 mg, 23%
- J0878 Injection, daptomycin, 1 mg, 21%
- Q4169 Artacent wound, per square centimeter (Code Price is based on Median Pricing Methodology), 56%
- J3475 Injection, magnesium sulfate, per 500 mg, 50%
- Q0177 Hydroxyzine pamoate, 25 mg, oral, FDA-approved prescription anti-emetic, for use as a complete therapeutic substitute for an IV anti-emetic at time of chemotherapy treatment, not to exceed a 48-hour dosage regimen (Indication not FDA-approved at this time), 25%
New HCPCS® Codes Effective October 1, 2020 Now Available
CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) released their quarterly Alpha-Numeric HCPCS® File for October 2020. All new codes have been added to www.ReimbursementCodes.com These codes become effective for Medicare billing for dates of service on and after October 1, 2020. Our system has been updated with the new codes one month in advance to allow for our customers to update their systems ahead of time. Below is the complete list of new codes:
C9060 Fluoroestradiol f18, diagnostic, 1 mci
C9062 Injection, daratumumab 10 mg and hyaluronidase-fihj
C9064 Mitomycin pyelocalyceal instillation, 1 mg
C9065 Injection, romidepsin, non-lypohilized (e.g. liquid), 1mg
C9066 Injection, sacituzumab govitecan-hziy, 2.5 mg
C9067 Gallium ga-68, dotatoc, diagnostic, 0.01 mci
J1437 Injection, ferric derisomaltose, 10 mg
J1632 Injection, brexanolone, 1 mg
J1738 Injection, meloxicam, 1 mg
J3032 Injection, eptinezumab-jjmr, 1 mg
J3241 Injection, teprotumumab-trbw, 10 mg
J7351 Injection, bimatoprost, intracameral implant, 1 microgram
J9227 Injection, isatuximab-irfc, 10 mg
J9304 Injection, pemetrexed (pemfexy), 10 mg
Q4249 Amniply, for topical use only, per square centimeter
Q4250 Amnioamp-mp, per square centimeter
Q4254 Novafix dl, per square centimeter
Q4255 Reguard, for topical use only, per square centimeter
Deleted and Revised HCPCS® Coming Soon
CMS released their quarterly Alpha-Numeric HCPCS® File for October 2020 which contains deleted and revised HCPCS® code changes effective October 1, 2020. These changes will be made for our October release. See below for a complete list of deleted and revised HCPCS® codes:
Deleted HCPCS® Codes:
C9055 Injection, brexanolone, 1mg
C9059 Injection, meloxicam, 1 mg
C9061 Injection, teprotumumab-trbw, 10 mg
C9063 Injection, eptinezumab-jjmr, 1 mg
Revised HCPCS® Codes:
J9305 Current Description: Injection, pemetrexed, 10 mg
J9305 Revised Description: Injection, pemetrexed, not otherwise specified, 10 mg
Quarterly ASP (Average Sales Price) File Released:
Another quarter has passed, and this means CMS has released the 2020 ASP pricing and revisions file. These rates are effective October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. This new ASP pricing file is incorporated in our own data and website. To view the most recent revised rates simply click on the Medicare Allowable tab on the pricing screen. Please note: Code(s) with revisions are noted in parenthesis.
April 2020 ASP Pricing File (Codes: J1557)
July 2020 ASP Pricing File (Codes: J1557)
As per CMS, “the payment amounts in the quarterly ASP files are 106 percent of the Average Sales Price (ASP) calculated from data submitted by drug manufacturers. The quarter to quarter price changes are generally the result of updated data from the manufacturers of these drugs.”
Our data files and website have incorporated these changes. As a reminder, we display the most recent revised rate on the Medicare Allowable tab on the pricing screen. To view previous Medicare Allowable rates for a quarter (if revised), click on the appropriate Effective Date on the same screen. Please Note: ASP rate revisions are retroactive to the beginning of the quarter.
October 2020 NOC (Not Otherwise Classified) Pricing File
CMS released the October 1, 2020 NOC Pricing file.
To view the NOC pricing file on the website, search on a NOC (Not Otherwise Classified) code, product or NDC and click on the link “Listing of CMS ASP+6% rates for NOCs” under Additional Information on the left side of the screen.
Hospital OPPS (Outpatient Prospective Payment System) Update:
If billing under the Hospital OPPS (Outpatient Prospective Payment System) the October 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 APC rates are now available on the Pricing tab under APC. The APC tab will also provide you with the APC and Status Indicator (SI), if established.
Code Strength Change Issued for C9066
CMS issued an updated code strength for new code, C9066: Injection, sacituzumab govitecan-hziy, 2.5 mg. The code strength was changed from 10mg to 2.5mg. This update became effective prior to the code effective date. However, since we publish all new codes one month prior to their effective date, our website and file will show a price decrease between the months of September and October which corresponds with the code unit change. We have decided to leave this price change to increase visibility of this code strength update to our clients if only price changes are loaded month over month. The previous price dating back to September should not be used for reimbursement and will be removed with our November update.
Crosswalk Update for J7401
Our clinical team met this past month to discuss the crosswalk of J7401: Mometasone furoate sinus implant, 10 micrograms (Effective 10/1/20 use NDC level pricing for appropriate reimbursement based on NDC submitted). Upon creation of the specific code C9122 for billing of Sinuva in July, that product was moved out of the crosswalk for J7401. After further review, we have determined that this is a unique scenario where C9122 can be used for billing Sinuva under OPPS while maintaining Sinuva in J7401 for physician billing. Since Sinuva has been added back to J7401, we are again suggesting NDC level reimbursement due to the differences in per-unit pricing of the two products aligned to the HCPCS code. Please ensure your systems are updated accordingly.
Drug Reimbursement Code Price Updates:
This month, during our review of the 3079 Reimbursement HCPCS/CPT® Codes in our system, we identified 49 Drug Codes that required a recalculation of their AWP Code Price. Log in to www.ReimbursementCodes.com to view the pricing updates for these codes.
90284 A6248 J0360 J9206 A4213 B4100 J0583 J9207 A4215 B4103 J0594 J9315 A4245 B4150 J0604 Q0177 A4259 B4158 J0878 Q4169 A4349 B4161 J0883 Q4180 A4414 E0570 J0884 S0017 A4415 E0607 J1100 S4991 A4614 E2100 J1453 S5553 J0330 J1561 S8490
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Drugs/Devices: New/Updated Billing & Clinical Information
As new drugs come to market we review them for possible inclusion in our database. When a new drug is added to the database, we develop detailed clinical and billing information for the drug if appropriate.
During the past month, our review identified two new drugs which needed to be added to our database and one drug that required updating.
KESIMPTA®(ofatumumab) injection, for subcutaneous use By Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
TRULICITY® (dulaglutide) injection, for subcutaneous use By Eli Lilly and Company
ERLEADA® (apalutamide) tablets, for oral use By: Janssen Products, LP
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