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Medicare Program; Changes to Medicare Payment for Drugs and Physician Fee Schedule Payments for Calendar Year 2004: Correction

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AGENCY:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

ACTION:

Correction of interim final rule with comment period.

SUMMARY:

This document corrects technical errors that appeared in the final rule with comment period published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2004 entitled “Changes to Medicare Payment for Drugs and Physician Fee Schedule Payments for Calendar Year 2004.”

DATES:

Effective Date: This correction is effective January 1, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Diane Milstead (410) 786-3355.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

In FR Doc. 03-32323 of January 7, 2004 (69 FR 1084), there were a number of technical errors that we are identifying and correcting in section II—Correction of Errors. Additionally, there are various revisions to Addenda B and C. (The provisions in this correction notice are effective as if they were included in the document published January 7, 2004.)

Discussion of Addenda B and C

1. There was an inadvertent omission of two supplies (Polaroid film and gonisol) from the Practice Expense Advisory Committee (PEAC) recommendations for CPT codes 76511,76511-TC, 76512, 76512-TC, 76513,76513-TC, 76516, 76516-TC, 76519,76519-TC, 76529 and 76529-TC which impacts the practice expense RVUs for these codes on page 1205 of Addendum B. In addition, the supply inputs in the CPEP database for CPT code 94240 contained incorrect quantities for two supplies (oxygen and helium), resulting in incorrect practice expense RVUs on page 1229 of Addendum B for this code and for CPT code 94240-TC. The practice expense RVUs for CPT 95144 on page 1230 were also incorrect as they reflected the wrong antigen and price. The corrected RVUs are shown in section II.2.

2. In Addendum B, we assigned incorrect status indicators on page 1154 for CPT code 36416 and on page 1165 for CPT code 47133. These corrections are reflected in section II.2.

3. In Addendum B, we assigned incorrect practice expense RVUs to CPT codes 61863 and 61867 on page 1179, and to CPT codes 88358, 88358-26 and 88358-TC on page 1218. The correct RVUs are reflected in section II.2.

4. In Addendum B, on page 1241, an incorrect short descriptor was referenced for HCPCS code G0321, and the RVUs for G0321 and G0322 were transposed. The correct short descriptor and RVUs are shown in section II.2.

5. We inadvertently omitted the following CPT codes from Addendum B: page 1218 for CPT codes 89220, 89230, and 89240. These corrections are reflected in section II.3.

6. On pages 1146 and 1243 in Addenda B and C, respectively, we assigned the incorrect work RVUs to CPT 31629. We also failed to assign practice expense RVUs in the non-facility setting for this code. The corrected RVUs are shown in section II.4.

7. On page 1215 of Addenda B, the practice expense RVUs for CPT codes 78804 and 78804-TC are revised to reflect the appropriate crosswalk. The correction can be found in section II.4.

II. Correction of Errors

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In FR Doc.

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1. On page 1094, column one, second sentence, revise as follows to correct the specialty code referenced for urology: “Based on the 2002 data, we found that the specialties of gynecology/oncology (specialty code 98), rheumatology (specialty code 66), and urology (specialty code 34) received more than 40 percent of total Part B revenues from drugs.”

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2. In the Table of Addendum B, the following CPT codes are corrected to read as follows:

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CPT 1 HCPCSMODStatusDescriptionPhysician work RVUsNon- facility PE RVUsFacility PE RVUsMal-practice RVUsNon-facility totalFacility totalGlobal
36416BCapillary blood draw0.000.000.000.000.000.00XXX
47133XRemoval of donor liver0.000.000.000.000.000.00XXX
61863AImplant neuroelectrode18.97NA11.804.79NA35.56XXX
61867AImplant neuroelectrode31.29NA18.084.79NA54.1690
76511AEcho exam of eye0.941.83NA0.092.86NAXXX
76511TCAEcho exam of eye0.001.43NA0.071.50NAXXX
76512AEcho exam of eye0.661.75NA0.112.52NAXXX
76512TCAEcho exam of eye0.001.45NA0.101.55NAXXX
76513AEcho exam of eye, water bath0.661.84NA0.112.61NAXXX
76513TCAEcho exam of eye, water bath0.001.54NA0.101.64NAXXX
76516AEcho exam of eye0.541.45NA0.082.07NAXXX
76516TCAEcho exam of eye0.001.20NA0.071.27NAXXX
76519AEcho exam of eye0.541.54NA0.082.16NAXXX
76519TCAEcho exam of eye0.001.29NA0.071.36NAXXX
76529AEcho exam of eye0.571.40NA0.102.07NAXXX
76529TCAEcho exam of eye0.001.15NA0.081.23NAXXX
88358AAnalysis, tumor0.950.56NA0.191.70NAXXX
8835826AAnalysis, tumor0.950.42NA0.121.49NAXXX
88358TCAAnalysis, tumor0.000.14NA0.070.21NAXXX
94240AResidual lung capacity0.260.70NA0.061.02NAXXX
94240TCAResidual lung capacity0.000.62NA0.050.67NAXXX
95144AAntigen therapy services0.060.190.020.010.260.09000
G0321AESRD related svs home mo 2-11y8.113.923.920.2912.3212.32XXX
G0322AESRD relate svs home mo 2-196.903.673.670.2310.8010.80XXX
1 All CPT codes copyright 2003 American Medical Association.
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3. In the Table of Addendum B, the following CPT codes are added to read as follows:

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CPT 1 HCPCS2MODStatusDescriptionPhysician work RVUsNon- facility PE RVUsFacility PE RVUsMal-practice RVUsNon-facility totalFacility totalGlobal
89220ASputum specimen collection0.000.40NA0.020.42NAXXX
89230ACollect sweat for test0.000.44NA0.020.46NAXXX
89240CPathology lab procedure0.000.000.000.000.000.00XXX
1 All CPT codes copyright 2003 American Medical Association.
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4. In the Table of Addenda B and C, the following CPT codes are corrected to read as follows:

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CPT 1 HCPCS2MODStatusDescriptionPhysician work RVUsNon- facility PE RVUsFacility PE RVUsMal-practice RVUsNon-facility totalFacility totalGlobal
31629ABronchoscopy/needle bx, each4.0912.791.450.1617.045.70000
78804ATumor imaging, whole body1.0711.47NA0.3412.88NAXXX
78804TCATumor imaging, whole body0.0011.10NA0.3011.40NAXXX
1 All CPT codes copyright 2003 American Medical Association.

III. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking

We ordinarily publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to provide a period for public comment before the provisions of a notice take effect. We can waive this procedure, however, if we find good cause that notice and comment procedure is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest and incorporate a statement of the finding and the reasons for it into the notice issued.

In this case, we believe that it is unnecessary to subject the corrections identified above to public comment. These errors were the result of inadvertent omissions and typographical errors in Addenda B and C. Our corrections of the pricing errors and addition of pricing information in the addenda do not substantively change any policy nor affect the established payment methodology. For this reason, we find it unnecessary to provide the opportunity for comment on the technical corrections made in this notice. Therefore, we find good cause to waive notice and comment procedures.

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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.774, Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program)

Dated: June 2, 2004.

Ann C. Agnew,

Executive Secretary to the Department.

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[FR Doc. 04-14271 Filed 6-24-04; 8:45 am]

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