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1 Dialysis Vascular Access Coverage, Coding and Reimbursement Overview Physician / Hospital / ASC 2015 Edition All Reimbursement Amounts are Listed at National Rates and Do Not Include the 2% Sequestration Reduction PHYSICIAN OVERVIEW Physician rates effective January 1, 2015 through March 31, Conversion factor subject to change after March 31, A/B MAC/Carrier Local Coverage Determination/National Coverage Determination CREATION A CODING REIMBURSEMENT B Vascular Access Code or Facility Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; by upper arm cephalic vein transposition $731 Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; by upper arm basilic vein transposition $775 Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; by forearm vein transposition $769 Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; direct, any site (eg, Cimino type) $702 Creation of arteriovenous fistula by other than direct arteriovenous anastomosis ; autogenous graft $846 Creation of arteriovenous fistula by other than direct arteriovenous anastomosis ; nonautogenous graft (eg, biological collagen, thermoplastic graft) $705 Imaging C, D Injection procedure for extremity venography (including introduction of needle or intracatheter) $50 $328 Venography, extremity, unilateral, radiological S&I $36 $80 Venography, extremity, bilateral, radiological S&I $53 $85 Duplex scan of extremity veins including responses to compression and other maneuvers; unilateral or limited study $23 $100 MAINTENANCE A CODING REIMBURSEMENT B Revisions Transluminal balloon angioplasty, percutaneous; brachiocephalic trunk or branches, each vessel $350 $1,588 Transluminal balloon angioplasty, percutaneous; venous $283 $1,452 Introduction of needle and / or catheter, arteriovenous shunt created for dialysis (graft / fistula); initial access with complete radiological evaluation of dialysis access, including fluoroscopy, image documentation and report (includes access of shunt, injection(s) of contrast, and all necessary imaging from the arterial anastomosis and adjacent artery through entire venous outflow including the inferior or superior vena cava) $195 $850 additional access for therapeutic intervention $51 $266 Thrombectomy, open, arteriovenous fistula without revision, autogenous or nonautogenous dialysis graft $653 Revision, open, arteriovenous fistula; without thrombectomy, autogenous or nonautogenous dialysis graft $800 Revision, open, arteriovenous fistula; with thrombectomy, autogenous or nonautogenous dialysis graft $856 Distal revascularization and interval ligation (DRIL), upper extremity hemodialysis access (steal syndrome) $1,210 Thrombectomy, percutaneous, arteriovenous fistula, autogenous or nonautogenous graft (includes mechanical thrombus extraction and intra-graft thrombolysis) $314 $1,865 Transcatheter placement of an intravascular stent(s) (except lower extremity artery(s) for occlusive disease, cervical carotid, extracranial vertebral or intrathoracic carotid, intracranial, or coronary), open or percutaneous, including $477 $4,221 radiological S&I and including all angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed; inital artery each additional artery $227 $2,530 Transcatheter placement of an intravascular stent(s), open or percutaneous, including radiological S&I and including angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed; initial vein $334 $4,184 each additional vein $158 $2,065 Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, femoral, popliteal artery(s), unilateral; with transluminal angioplasty $482 $3,901 Imaging C, D Angiography, arteriovenous shunt (eg, dialysis patient fistula / graft), complete evaluation of dialysis access, including fluoroscopy, image documentation and report (includes injections of contrast and all necessary imaging from the arterial anastomosis and adjacent artery through entire venous outflow including the inferior or superior $84 $238 vena cava), radiological S&I Transluminal balloon angioplasty, peripheral artery other than renal, or other visceral artery, iliac or lower extremity, radiological S&I $26 $113 Transluminal balloon angioplasty, venous (eg subclavian stenosis), radiological S&I $26 $112 Other Hemodialysis access flow study to determine blood flow in grafts and arteriovenous fistulae by an indicator method $0 $0 Duplex scan of hemodialysis access (including arterial inflow, body of access and venous outflow) $26 $137 A. Abbreviated code descriptions. See codebook for complete descriptions. B. Conversion factor used for this overview is $ , as published in CMS Change Request C. For imaging services (excluding screening and diagnostic mammograms), the DRA of 2005 caps the physician technical component rate at the payment level established for the OPPS fee schedule. D. Certain imaging and diagnostic cardiovascular services are subject to Multiple Payment Reduction rules-refer to CMS-1612-FC for affected services.

2 HOSPITAL (FACILITY) INPATIENT OVERVIEW A A/B MAC/Fiscal Intermediary Local Coverage Determination/National Coverage Determination CREATION CODING REIMBURSEMENT ICD-9 Code A Arteriovenostomy for renal dialysis Inpatient (IPPS) MS-DRG B Rate C 264, 673, $16,615, $20,568, 674, 675 $13,273, $8,482 MAINTENANCE CODING REIMBURSEMENT Revision of arteriovenous shunt for renal dialysis Removal of arteriovenous shunt for renal dialysis Other revision of vascular procedure Angioplasty of other non-coronary vessel(s) Insertion of non-drug-eluting peripheral (non-coronary) vessel stent(s) Replacement of vessel-to-vessel cannula Injection or infusion of thrombolytic agent Hospital Inpatient rates effective October 1, 2014 through September 30, , 673, 674, 675 A. Abbreviated ICD-9-CM descriptions. See ICD-9-CM for complete descriptions. Listed are common primary procedures. Code additional procedures in accordance to coding guidelines. B. MS-DRG assignment is determined by the patient ICD-9 diagnoses and procedure code(s). Listed are examples of possible MS-DRGs. Injury and trauma not listed. C. Rates per CMS-1607-F. $16,615, $20,568, $13,273, $8,482 MS-DRG Descriptions Other circulatory system O.R. procedures Other kidney and urinary tract procedures with MCC Other kidney and urinary tract procedures with CC Other kidney and urinary tract procedures without CC / MCC

3 HOSPITAL (FACILITY) OUTPATIENT OVERVIEW Device Code * A/B MAC/Fiscal Intermediary Local Coverage Determination/National Coverage Determination Hospital Outpatient rates effective January 1, 2015 through December 31, CODING Code REIMBURSEMENT Outpatient (OPPS) APC SI A Rate B May be Required for Outpatient Claims Graft, vascular C1768 N Stent, coated / covered, with delivery system C1874 N CREATION C CODING REIMBURSEMENT Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; by upper arm cephalic vein transposition T $3,221 Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; by upper arm basilic vein transposition T $3,221 Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; by forearm vein transposition T $3,221 Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; direct, any site (eg, Cimino type) T $3,221 Creation of arteriovenous fistula by other than direct arteriovenous anastomosis ; autogenous graft T $3,221 Creation of arteriovenous fistula by other than direct arteriovenous anastomosis ; nonautogenous graft (eg, biological collagen, thermoplastic graft) T $3,221 Imaging Injection procedure for extremity venography (including introduction of needle or intracatheter) N Venography, extremity, unilateral, radiological S&I Q2 $828 Venography, extremity, bilateral, radiological S&I Q2 $813 Duplex scan of extremity veins including responses to compression and other maneuvers; unilateral or limited study S $135 MAINTENANCE C CODING REIMBURSEMENT Transluminal balloon angioplasty, percutaneous; brachiocephalic trunk or branches, each vessel J1 $4,539 Transluminal balloon angioplasty, percutaneous; venous J1 $4,539 Introduction of needle and / or catheter, arteriovenous shunt created for dialysis (graft / fistula); initial access with complete radiological evaluation of dialysis access, including fluoroscopy, image documentation and report (includes access of shunt, injection(s) of contrast, and all necessary imaging from the arterial anastomosis and adjacent artery through entire venous outflow including the inferior or superior vena cava) T $828 additional access for therapeutic intervention N Thrombectomy, open, arteriovenous fistula without revision, autogenous or nonautogenous dialysis graft T $3,221 Revision, open, arteriovenous fistula; without thrombectomy, autogenous or nonautogenous dialysis graft T $3,221 Revision, open, arteriovenous fistula; with thrombectomy, autogenous or nonautogenous dialysis graft T $3,221 Distal revascularization and interval ligation (DRIL), upper extremity hemodialysis access (steal syndrome) T $3,221 Thrombectomy, percutaneous, arteriovenous fistula, autogenous or nonautogenous graft (includes mechanical thrombus extraction and intra-graft thrombolysis) J1 $4,539 Transcatheter placement of an intravascular stent(s) (except lower extremity, cervical carotid, extracranial vertebral or intrathoracic carotid, intracranial, or coronary), open or percutaneous, including radiological S&I and including all J1 $9,628 angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed; initial artery each additional artery N Transcatheter placement of an intravascular stent(s) open or percutaneous, including radiological S&I and including angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed; initial vein J1 $9,628 each additional vein N Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, femoral, popliteal artery(s), unilateral; with transluminal angioplasty J1 $4,539 Imaging Angiography, arteriovenous shunt (eg, dialysis patient fistula / graft), complete evaluation of dialysis access, including fluoroscopy, image documentation and report (includes injections of contrast and all necessary imaging from the arterial anastomosis and adjacent artery through entire venous outflow including the inferior or superior Q2 $828 vena cava), radiological S&I Transluminal balloon angioplasty, peripheral artery other than renal, or other visceral artery, iliac or lower extremity, radiological S&I N Transluminal balloon angioplasty, venous (eg, subclavian stenosis), radiological S&I Q2 $2,501 Other Hemodialysis access flow study to determine blood flow in grafts and arteriovenous fistulae by an indicator method N Duplex scan of hemodialysis access (including arterial inflow, body of access and venous outflow) S $135 A. Status Indicators: C Inpatient s; J1 Hospital Part B services paid through a comprehensive APC; N Items & Services Packaged into APC Rates; Q1 STV-Packaged Codes; Q2 T-Packaged Codes; Q3-Codes That May Be Paid Through a Composite APC; S or Service, Not Discounted When Multiple; T or Service, Multiple Reduction Applies B. Rates per CMS-1613-FC. C. Abbreviated code descriptions. See codebook for complete descriptions. * It is the expectation of that providers adhere to correct coding guidelines and append the correct device code to each claim, when applicable per CMS-1613-FC.

4 AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER (ASC) OVERVIEW A/B MAC/Carrier Local Coverage Determination/National Coverage Determination CREATION A CODING REIMBURSEMENT B Code Rate Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; by upper arm cephalic vein transposition $1,765 Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; by upper arm basilic vein transposition $1,765 Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; by forearm vein transposition $1,765 Arteriovenous anastomosis, open; direct, any site (eg, Cimino type) $1,765 Creation of arteriovenous fistula by other than direct arteriovenous anastomosis ; autogenous graft $1,765 Creation of arteriovenous fistula by other than direct arteriovenous anastomosis ; nonautogenous graft (eg, biological collagen, thermoplastic graft) $1,765 Imaging D Injection procedure for extremity venography (including introduction of needle or intracatheter) Packaged Venography, extremity, unilateral, radiological S&I Packaged Venography, extremity, bilateral, radiological S&I Packaged Duplex scan of extremity veins including responses to compression and other maneuvers; unilateral or limited study Non-covered MAINTENANCE A CODING REIMBURSEMENT B Transluminal balloon angioplasty, percutaneous; brachiocephalic trunk or branches, each vessel $1,317 Transluminal balloon angioplasty, percutaneous; venous $1,242 Introduction of needle and/or catheter, arteriovenous shunt created for dialysis (graft/fistula); initial access with complete radiological evaluation of dialysis access, including fluoroscopy, image documentation and report (includes access of shunt, injection(s) of contrast, and all necessary imaging from the arterial anastomosis and adjacent artery through entire venous outflow including the inferior or superior vena cava) ASC rates effective January 1, 2015 through December 31, $453 additional access for therapeutic intervention Packaged Thrombectomy, open, arteriovenous fistula without revision, autogenous or nonautogenous dialysis graft $1,765 Revision, open, arteriovenous fistula; without thrombectomy, autogenous or nonautogenous dialysis graft $1,765 Revision, open, arteriovenous fistula; with thrombectomy, autogenous or nonautogenous dialysis graft $1,765 Distal revascularization and interval ligation (DRIL), upper extremity hemodialysis access (steal syndrome) Non-covered Thrombectomy, percutaneous, arteriovenous fistula, autogenous or nonautogenous graft (includes mechanical thrombus extraction and intra-graft thrombolysis) $2,220 Transcatheter placement of an intravascular stent(s) (except lower extremity artery(s) for occlusive disease, cervical carotid, extracranial vertebral or intrathoracic carotid, intracranial, or coronary), open or percutaneous, $6,062 including radiological S&I and including all angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed; initial artery each additional artery Packaged Transcatheter placement of an intravascular stent(s), open or percutaneous, including radiological S&I and including angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed; initial vein $6,062 each additional vein Packaged Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, femoral, popliteal artery(s), unilateral; with transluminal angioplasty $2,020 Imaging C Angiography, arteriovenous shunt (eg, dialysis patient fistula / graft), complete evaluation of dialysis access, including fluoroscopy, image documentation and report (includes injections of contrast and all necessary imaging from the arterial anastomosis and adjacent artery through entire venous outflow including the Packaged inferior or superior vena cava), radiological S&I Transluminal balloon angioplasty, peripheral artery renal, or other visceral artery, iliac or lower extremity, radiological S&I Packaged Transluminal balloon angioplasty, venous (eg, subclavian stenosis), radiological S&I Packaged Hemodialysis access flow study to determine blood flow in grafts and AV fistulae by an indicator method Non-covered Duplex scan of hemodialysis access (including arterial inflow, body of access and venous outflow) Non-covered A. Abbreviated code descriptions. See codebook for complete descriptions. B. Rates per CMS-1613-FC. C. Certain imaging and diagnostic cardiovascular services are subject to Multiple Payment Reduction rules-refer to CMS-1612-FC for affected services.

5 EXAMPLE CASES CASE 1: ACCESS CREATION OUTPATIENT SURGICAL CREATION OF PTFE GRAFT FOR AV ACCESS Code A Physician Hospital Outpatient ASC Extension of Practice or Facility APC SI B Rate Rate Creation of arteriovenous fistula by other than direct arteriovenous anastomosis (separate procedure); nonautogenous graft (eg, biological collagen, thermoplastic graft) $ T $3,221 $1,765 Case Total $705 $3,221 $1,765 CASE 2: FISTULA REVISION OUTPATIENT PTA AND STENT Access Introduction of needle and/or catheter, arteriovenous shunt created for dialysis (graft / fistula); initial access with complete radiological evaluation of dialysis access, including fluoroscopy, image documentation and report (includes access of shunt, injection(s) of contrast, and all necessary imaging from the arterial anastomosis and adjacent artery through entire venous outflow including the inferior or superior vena cava) Code A additional access for therapeutic intervention Physician Hospital Outpatient C ASC Extension of Practice $425 $266 or Facility APC SI B Rate Rate $98 $ J1 Packaged $227 N Packaged Transcatheter placement of an intravascular stent(s), open or percutaneous, $4,184 $334 $9,628 $6,062 including radiological S&I and including angioplasty within the same vessel, when J1 performed; initial vein Stent, coated / covered, with delivery system C1874 N Case Total $4,875 $483 $9,628 $6,289 CASE 3: FISTULA REVISION OUTPATIENT BALLOON THROMBECTOMY WITH PTA Access Introduction of needle and/or catheter, arteriovenous shunt created for dialysis (graft / fistula); initial access with complete radiological evaluation of dialysis access, including fluoroscopy, image documentation and report (includes access of shunt, injection(s) of contrast, and all necessary imaging from the arterial anastomosis and adjacent artery through entire venous outflow including the inferior or superior vena cava) Code A Transluminal balloon angioplasty, percutaneous; venous Physician Hospital Outpatient C ASC Extension of Practice $425 $726 or Facility APC SI B Rate Rate $98 $ J1 Packaged 0083 J1 Packaged Device code required for PTA CXXXX N Packaged Thrombectomy, percutaneous, arteriovenous fistula, autogenous or nonautogenous graft (includes mechanical thrombus extraction and intra-graft thrombolysis) Imaging Transluminal balloon angioplasty, venous (eg, subclavian stenosis), radiological S&I Case Total $1,865 $112 + Pro Fee $3,128 + Pro Fees ($26) $ J1 $4,539 $227 $621 $2,220 $ Q2 Packaged Packaged $580 $4,539 $3,068 A. Review coding guidelines, modifiers and NCCI edits for these codes. B. Status Indicators: C Inpatient s; J1 Hospital Part B services paid through a comprehensive APC; N Items & Services Packaged into APC Rates; Q1 STVX-Packaged Codes; Q2 T-Packaged Codes; S or Service, Not Discounted When Multiple; T or Service, Multiple Reduction Applies C. Comprehensive APCs (C-APC) provide a single payment for a primary service with a status indicator J1, and payment for all adjunctive services, including lower ranked comprehensive procedure codes (status indicator J1), reported on the same claim are packaged into payment for the primary service CMS Transmittal 3150.

6 TERMINOLOGY AND ACRONYMS A/B MAC: A/B Administrative Contractor. A contractor responsible for administration and adjudication of claims for hospital inpatient, hospital outpatient, physicians and ASC treatment settings. ABN: Advance Beneficiary Notice. A legal, written notice to a beneficiary from a physician or hospital informing the patient that the health service or item that the physician has prescribed is not or may not be a covered service under, and that the patient will be responsible for payment if denied. Anesthesia Guidelines: The rules for coding and charging are complex. Variable circumstances can include duration, method of anesthesia / sedation, the physician or specialist administering services, and the site of service. Local policies, and the AMA coding book, professional edition, should be consulted for questions regarding the proper coding and billing for anesthesia services. APC: Ambulatory Payment Classification. These are numeric classifications used by to reimburse services performed in a hospital outpatient setting. An APC will contain multiple HCPCS codes that are similar both clinically and in terms of resources used by the hospital. The APC rate is set prospectively by CMS based on historic claims data. APC Status Indicator: Alpha characters are used to designate the APC payment calculation method. For multiple APCs on a single claim with Status Indicator T the first APC will be paid at 100% and all others at 50%. For all APCs with Status Indicator S each APC will be paid at 100%, no discounting. ASC: Ambulatory Surgery Center. When used by, this designation describes a legal licensing status establishing a site of service distinct from a physician s office or hospital-based facility. Bundled: Certain supplies / procedures provided by a physician as described by codes / HCPCS codes may be included ( Bundled ) with another service for reimbursement purposes. Carrier / Part B: A contractor responsible for physician and ASC medical policies, adjudication of claims and other administrative functions. CC: Complications and Comorbidities. Patient conditions utilized as two of several factors in MS-DRG groupers. CCI: Correct Coding Initiative. A listing of codes that are designated as comprehensive or component codes. If comprehensive and component codes are submitted on the same bill, only the comprehensive code will be paid unless a modifier is submitted. uses these as NCCI (National Correct Coding Initiative) edits. CMS: Centers for & Services. The federal agency that runs the program. CMS also works with the states to run the program. RESOURCES Suggested Resources: Coding and reimbursement is complex, specific to case documentation and variable by geographic location. Always consult current physician, hospital and ASC resources. W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Flagstaff, AZ For additional product information, visit goremedical.com Products listed may not be available in all markets. is a trademark of American Medical Association. NAVIGATOR is a trademark of Coding Strategies, Inc. GORE and designs are trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates. 2005, 2006, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. AH0226-EN15 APRIL 2015 Code: Current Procedural Terminology Code. These 5-digit numeric codes are the property of the American Medical Association and are used to describe physician services. Additionally, licenses these codes from the AMA and uses them to describe physician, hospital outpatient, ASC services, and other outpatient services. DRG: Diagnosis-Related Group. A numeric classification system used by and some commercial payers to reimburse for hospital inpatient services. The DRG is assigned by software that considers the ICD-9 procedure and diagnosis codes submitted on a claim. DME: Durable Medical Equipment. Certified supplies, prosthetics, equipment, etc., provided to patients in other than a hospital inpatient setting. DMERC: Durable Medical Equipment Regional Contractor. contractor that adjudicates claims for DME providers. Facility / : For some physician procedures, the reimbursement is determined by the site of service. If the fee is designated as Facility, the procedure is performed in a site of service other than a physician office. If the fee is designated as, the procedure is performed in a physician office. FI: Fiscal Intermediary / Part A. A contractor responsible for hospital inpatient and outpatient medical policies, adjudication of claims and other administrative functions. HCPCS: Healthcare Common Coding System. The name of a coding system established by to describe services and supplies. The base (Level I) codes are codes. ICD-9: International Classification of Diseases. Numeric codes used by essentially all payers to describe diagnoses and procedures. The combination of procedure and diagnosis codes determines DRG assignment for inpatient reimbursement. ICD-9 procedure 4-digit codes (e.g., Insertion of non-drug-eluting peripheral vessel artery stent(s)) Abbrev: Px. ICD-9 diagnosis 3, 4 or 5-digit codes (e.g., 586 Renal failure, unspecified) Abbrev: Dx. Inpatient: The status used to describe a patient who has been admitted to the hospital. Usually involves multi-day stay. IPPS: Inpatient Prospective Payment System. per case (see DRG and MS DRG ) methodology for hospital inpatient services. LCD: Local Coverage Determination. The written policies produced by contractors applicable to geographic areas. A CMS national policy (see NCD ) supersedes a LCD. MCC: Major Complications and Comorbidities. Patient conditions utilized as two of several factors in MS DRG groupers. MCC are typically significant acute manifestations or advanced stages of chronic conditions that would result in higher resource utilization in the course of treatment. 1. Coverage Database. National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) and Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs). Baltimore, MD: Centers for and Services -US Department of Health & Human Services; Updated December 18, Accessed January 21, Society of Interventional Radiology Interventional Radiology Coding Update. 21st ed. Fairfax, VA: Society of Interventional Radiology; American Medical Association Edition. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; ICD-9-CM and ICD-10. Centers for and Services Web site. ICD9ProviderDiagnosticCodes/. Updated February 06, Accessed January 21, Coding Strategies Inc Navigator for lnterventional Radiology/s. Powder Springs, GA: Coding Strategies Inc; Coverage, Coding, and Reimbursement. W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Web site. codingna.jsp. Accessed January 21, CY2015 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule. Centers for & Services Web site. cms.gov//-fee-for-service-payment/ PhysicianFeeSched/PFS-Federal-Regulation-Notices-Items/ CMS-1612-FC.html. Published November 13, Accessed January 21, FY 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule. Centers for & Services Web site. cms.hhs.gov//-fee-for-service-payment/ AcuteInpatientPPS/FY2015-IPPS-Final-Rule-Home-Page. html. Published August 22, Accessed January 21, MDC: Major Diagnostic Category. Individual MS-DRGs are grouped into mutually exclusive groups based on principal diagnosis. Each group (MDC) generally corresponds to a single organ system and is further organized into a medical or surgical section. A case is assigned to a surgical section MDC based on operating room procedure performed. MS-DRG: Severity Diagnosis-Related Group. A numeric classification system effective October 1, 2007 used by to reimburse for hospital inpatient services. The MS- DRG is assigned by the combination of ICD-9 procedure codes, diagnosis codes and the presence or absence of MCC / CCs as derived from the medical record documentation. The MS-DRG system was designed to more accurately pay hospitals based on patient severity of illness. Modifier: A 2-digit alphanumeric code that is appended to a code for further specificity. NCD: National Coverage Determination. The written policies from that have a national jurisdiction (supersede any LCD). Observation: Hospital outpatient services to monitor and assess a patient for determination of hospital admission. OPPS: Outpatient Prospective Payment System. per group (see APC ) methodology for hospital outpatient services. Outpatient: A patient admitted to a hospital to receive treatment but not admitted as an inpatient (see Observation ). Packaged: Certain supplies / procedures provided by a facility as described by codes / HCPCS codes may be included ( Packaged ) with another service for reimbursement purposes. Prospective: A predetermined reimbursement rate, regardless of the cost of that service. Pro / Tech: / Technical. For some diagnostic tests, the physician reimbursement is established in two components. The component is for the physician supervision, interpretation and other personal service. The Technical component is for the equipment, supplies, staff and other costs related to the test. S&I: Supervision and Interpretation. This term is sometimes used to differentiate the imaging service (professional reading / interpretation) from other components of the procedure, such as introduction and placement of catheters. Unadjusted Rate: The prospective reimbursement rate before it is adjusted for local factors such as the wage index, graduate medical education, outlier cases, disproportionate share and other factors. This is sometimes called the national average rate. All reimbursement will have local adjustment factors. 9. CY2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule. Centers for & Services Web site. Payment/HospitalOutpatientPPS/Hospital-Outpatient- Regulations-and-Notices-Items/CMS-1613-FC.html. Published November 10, Accessed January 21, CY2015 Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Final Rule. Centers for & Services Web site. Payment/ASCPayment/ASC-Regulations-and-Notices- Items/CMS-1613-FC.html. Published November 10, Accessed January 21, Disclaimer: The payment amounts listed in this guide are national averages. Actual payment will vary based on several factors including the site of the service, geographic location, patient population mix, and hospital teaching status. References to particular applications and procedures listed in this overview do not represent the appropriateness or market availability of any Gore medical product. The information contained in this overview is provided for general information purposes only and should NOT be relied on for submission purposes. Consult your professional resources and the patient s insurer for situationspecific information. Physicians and hospitals are responsible for selecting and reporting the code(s) that most accurately describe the procedure(s) performed, the products used and the patient s condition. The basis for accurate coding is clear and complete documentation in the medical record, precisely describing the procedures performed and products used. Providers should follow coding guidelines from the patient s insurer and should also review the complete coding authorities (e.g.,, HCPCS, ICD-9-CM) used by the insurer. The identification of a code in this overview should not be construed to guarantee coverage for a product or procedure or payment in any particular amount.

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