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Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies, Five-Year Review of Work Relative Value Units, and Changes to the Practice Expense Methodology Under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Other Changes to Payment Under Part B; Correcting Amendment

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Correcting amendment.

SUMMARY:

This correcting amendment corrects several technical and typographical errors in the final rule with comment period that appeared in the December 1, 2006 Federal Register (71 FR 69624). The final rule with comment period addressed Medicare Part B payment policy, including the physician fee schedule (PFS) that is applicable for calendar year (CY) 2007; payment for covered outpatient drugs and biologicals; payment for renal dialysis services; and policies related to independent diagnostic testing facilities (IDTFs). The final rule with comment period also updated the list of certain services subject to the physician self-referral prohibitions.

DATES:

Effective Date: Pursuant to section 1871(e) of the Act, except for the corrections to § 410.33, this correcting amendment is effective January 1, 2007. The corrections to § 410.33 are effective April 16, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Diane Milstead, (410) 786-3355.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

FR Doc. 06-9086 (71 FR 69624), the final rule with comment period entitled “Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies, Five-Year Review of Work Relative Value Units, and Changes to the Practice Expense Methodology Under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Other Changes to Payment Under Part B; Revisions to the Payment Policies of Ambulance Services Under the Fee Schedule for Ambulance Services; Ambulance Inflation Factor Update for CY 2007” (hereinafter referred to as the CY 2007 PFS final rule with comment period), contained technical and typographical errors. Some of these technical and typographical errors were addressed in the correction notice that appeared in the December 8, 2006 Federal Register (71 FR 58415). Additional errors have been identified in the CY 2007 PFS final rule with comment period and are addressed in this correcting amendment.

II. Errors in the Preamble

A. Summary of Errors in the Preamble

In the preamble of the CY 2007 PFS final rule with comment period, there were a number of technical errors and omissions.

On page 69635, following the section heading titled, “(vi) Equipment Cost Per Minute,” there was an error in the formula for calculating the equipment cost per minute.

On page 69647, language was inadvertently omitted from the response concerning cardiac monitoring services.

On page 69654, in Table 5, “Practice Expense Supply Item Additions for CY 2007”, we incorrectly included a supply item and failed to include the unit price of another item.

On page 69663, the word “an” was incorrectly typed to read “as” in two places.

On page 69671, the word “not” was incorrectly included in a sentence.

On page 69677, the word “of” was missing from a sentence.

On page 69688, under the section heading titled, “d. “ESRD Wage Index Tables,” the references to addenda were incorrect.

On page 69696, the word “supplier” was misspelled.

On page 69699 in the narrative concerning revisions to the performance standards for IDTFs, we inadvertently omitted language specifying that paragraphs (g) and (h) are not applicable to those services included in § 410.33(a)(2). We also inadvertently included language requiring IDTFs to list serial numbers and that was not our intention.

On pages 69744, the narrative concerning Table 17 contained several errors.

On pages 69746, certain CPT codes were incorrectly included in Table 17.

On page 69747, we incorrectly included a discussion about gold markers for CPT code 55876.

On page 69748, the word “radiology” was incorrectly stated as “radiation.”

On page 69749, the word “of” should be removed from the phrase “radiology of and certain other imaging services.”

On pages 69749 and 69750, in Table 18, under the subheading, “Radiology and certain other imaging services,” we made errors in the descriptors for CPT codes 0174T and 0175T and HCPCS codes A9567, A9568, Q9952, and Q9953.

On page 69750, in Table 19, we omitted CPT codes 78350 and G0243.

On page 69760, language was omitted from the formula.

On pages 69769 and 69770, in Table 36, “Impact of Final Rule with Comment Period and Estimated Physician Update on 2007 Payment for Selected Procedures”, we identified errors in the new payment amounts for the following CPT and HCPCS codes: 27130, 27244, 27447, 33533, 35301, 43239, 77056, 77056-26, 77057, 77057-26, 92980, 93000, 93015 and G0317.

Corrections to these errors are reflected in section II.B. of this correcting amendment.

B. Correction of Errors in the Preamble

1. On page 69635, in the 3rd column, under the discussion titled, “(vi) Start Printed Page 18910Equipment Cost Per Minute,” the calculation for the equipment cost per minute contained an error. The formula is corrected to read as follows:

“The equipment cost per minute is calculated as: (1/(minutes per year * usage)) * price * ((interest rate/(1-(1/((1+interest rate)⁁life of equipment)))) + maintenance).”

2. On page 69647, in the 3rd column, in the 1st full paragraph, after the 3rd sentence, insert the following language: “We also added the holter monitor to CPT codes 93226 and 93232 and assigned the equipment a time of 1440 minutes for these codes and reduced the holter monitor equipment time for CPT codes 93225 and 93231 to 42 minutes to correspond with the clinical staff associated with these services.”

3. On page 69654, in Table 5, the supply item, “Kit, gold markers, fiducial, 3 per kit” is deleted from the table. In addition, the unit price “$1290” for “Agent, embolic” is added to the table.

4. On page 69663, in the 2nd column, lines 5 through 12 of the third full paragraph, the language in the discussion with respect to items “(1) and (2)” is corrected to read as follows: “(1) who receives a referral for such an ultrasound screening as a result of an initial preventive physical examination (IPPE) (as defined in section 1861(ww)(1) of the Act); (2) who has not been previously furnished such an ultrasound screening under this title; and”.

5. On page 69671, in the 2nd column, line 24, delete the second occurrence of the word “not”. This sentence is revised to read as follows: “Given the range of comments, we do not believe it is advisable to mandate the use of the methodology, which we proposed at § 414.804(a)(4)(iii), for excluding lagged exempt sales.”

6. On page 69677, the 3rd column, line 2, insert the word “of” between “number” and “units.” The sentence is revised to read as follows: “One commenter asked that we clarify the number of units to be reported are the number of units sold excluding exempted sales.”

7. On page 69688, in the 1st column, under the section heading titled, “d. ESRD wage Index Tables,” the paragraph is revised to read as follows: “Addenda G and H show the CY 2007 ESRD wage index, including the BNF adjustment, for urban areas (Addendum G) and rural areas (Addendum H).”

8. On page 69696, in the 1st column, 2nd paragraph, line 4, the spelling of the word “supplier” is corrected.

9. On page 69699—

a. In the 1st column, the 5th full paragraph, the following sentence is added to the end of the paragraph: “Additionally, we do not intend to require IDTFs to list the serial numbers of all diagnostic equipment used by IDTFs in their comprehensive liability insurance. We recognize that it is infeasible for IDTFs to comply with this requirement and that such a requirement would inadvertently change the comprehensive liability insurance policy into a different type of insurance policy. Therefore, we are revising the language in § 410.33(g)(6) of our regulations to remove the serial number requirement.”

b. In the 3rd column, the 2nd full paragraph, the following language is added at the end of the paragraph: “In addition, we are clarifying that these performance standards are not applicable to the diagnostic tests listed under the exceptions in § 410.33(a)(2).”

10. On page 69744, in the 3rd column, in the paragraph following the section heading, “F. Additional Pricing Issue,” the narrative concerning the table is corrected to read as follows:

“We are carrier-pricing the global and TC for the codes listed in Table 17. The TC is not paid in the facility setting under the PFS and for the majority of these services the RUC recommended that these be designated as NA in the non-facility setting. Work RVUs will continue to be used to establish payment for the PC.”

11. On page 69746, the following CPT codes are deleted from Table 17: 93503, 93539, 93540, 93541, 93542, 93543, 93544 and 93545.

12. On page 69747, the 1st column, the final paragraph that continues into the 2nd column is removed in its entirety.

13. On page 69748, in the 1st column, the 3rd paragraph, line 4, the word, “radiation” is corrected to read as, “radiology.”

14. On page 69749, in the 1st column, the 1st full paragraph, line 4, in the phrase, “radiology of and certain other imaging services,” delete the word, “of.” The phrase is corrected to read “radiology and certain other imaging services.”

15. On pages 69749 and 69750, in Table 18, the following descriptors are corrected as follows:

Table 18.—Additions to the Physician Self-Referral List of CPT 1/HCPCS Codes

Radiology and Certain Other Imaging Services
0174TCad cxr with interp.
0175TCad cxr remote.
A9567Technetium TC-99m aerosol.
A9568Technetium tc99m arcitumomab.
Q9952Inj Gad-base MR contrast, 1ml.
Q9953Inj Fe-base MR contrast, 1ml.
1 CPT codes and descriptions only are copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All rights are reserved and applicable FARS/DFARS clauses apply.

16. On page 69750, in Table 19, the following CPT and HCPCS codes and their descriptors are added:

Table 19.—Deletions to the Physician Self-Referral List of CPT1/HCPCS Codes

Radiation and Certain Other Imaging Services
78350Bone mineral, single photon.
Radiation Therapy Services and Supplies
G0243Multisour photon stero treat.
1 CPT codes and descriptions only are copyright 2006 AMA. All rights are reserved and applicable FARS/DFARS clauses apply.

17. On page 69760, the payment formula at the top of the 3rd column is corrected to read as follows:

“[((Work RVU × BN adjustor (0.8994)) (round product to two decimal places) × Work GPCI) + (PE RVU × PE GPCI) + (MP RVU × MP GPCI)] × CF.”

18. On pages 69769 through 69770 in Table 36, the following corrections are made: Start Printed Page 18911

Table 36.—Impact of Final Rule with Comment Period and Estimated Physician Update on 2007 Payment For Selected Procedures

CPT/HCPCSMODDescriptionFACILITYNON-FACILITY
OLDNEWPercent changeOLDNEWPercent change
27130Total hip arthroplasty$1,399.55$1,292.21−8%$1,399.55nana
27244Treat thigh fracture$1,137.68$1,045.36−8%$1,137.68nana
27447Total knee arthroplasty$1,511.35$1,391.17−8%$1,511.35nana
33533CABG, arterial, single$1,933.53$1,812.55−6%$1,933.53nana
35301Rechanneling of artery$1,128.97$1,018.01−10%$1,128.97nana
43239Upper GI endoscopy, biopsy$162.20$147.18−9%$334.26$309.11−8%
77056Mammogram, both breasts$97.40nana$97.40$92.48−5%
7705626Mammogram, both breasts$45.10$39.22−13%$45.10$39.22−13%
77057Mammogram, screening$85.65nana$85.65$77.73−9%
7705726Mammogram, screening$36.38$31.67−13%$36.38$31.67−13%
92980Inser intracoronary stent$830.71$756.04−9%$830.71nana
93000Electrocardiogram, complete$26.91nana$26.91$23.39−13%
93015Cardiovascular stress test$108.01nana$108.01$99.32−8%
G0008Admin influenza virus vacnanana$18.57$18.35−1%
G0317ESRD related svs 4+mo 20+yrs$308.11$268.11−13%$308.11$268.11−13%

III. Errors in the Regulation Text

A. Summary of Errors in the Regulation Text

On page 69784, in § 410.33, we erroneously omitted a cross-reference in (a)(2) to include paragraphs (g) and (h). In addition, in § 410.33(g), Application certification standards, an editing error resulted in language being included on page 69785 in § 410.33(g)(6) that required IDTFs to list the serial numbers of all their diagnostic equipment in their comprehensive liability insurance policy.

On page 69785, § 411.15(o) contained erroneous revisions. Due to an editing error, changes to § 411.15(o) were improperly included in the August 22, 2006 proposed rule (71 FR 49081). There was no explanation given for these changes in the preamble, no public comments were received on the proposed changes, and the changes to the regulation text were inadvertently included in the final rule without any explanation. The erroneous language suggests that Medicare may pay for a category A device in certain clinical trials. Currently, however, the statute does not authorize payment for the costs of the category A device, but only for “routine costs of care” (section 1862(m) of the Act; § 405.207(b)(2)). Thus, we are correcting this final rule by restoring the language in § 411.15(o) to the language from the 2006 version of the CFR.

On pages 69787 and 69788, language was incorrectly included concerning non-lagged price concessions in the example.

B. Correction of Errors in the Regulation Text

The correction of errors for the regulation text appear after section V. of this correcting amendment.

IV. Errors in the Addenda

A. Summary of Errors in the Addenda

The following errors in Addenda B, G and J are revised under this correcting amendment. These addenda will not appear in the Code of Federal Regulations.

In Addendum B, pages 69796 through 70011, we are making the following corrections:

(1) Incorrect RVUs were listed for the following CPT codes: 36478, 37210, 44180, 44186, 77056, 77056-TC, 77422, 77423, 78351, 93225, 93226, 93231, 93232, 95991, 98960, 98961, 98962, G9041, G9042, G9043 and G9044.

(2) Incorrect status indicators and RVUs were listed for CPT codes 93503, 93539, 93540, 93541, 93542, 93543, 93544 and 93545.

In Addendum G, pages 70022 through 70043, we are making the following corrections:

(1) The title of the Addendum was missing a word.

(2) On page 70037, the wage index value for CBSA code “39820, Redding CA” was incorrect.

In Addendum J, pages 70248 through 70251, we note the following errors:

(1) On page 70247, CPT codes 78267 and 78268 are not in numerical order.

(2) On page 70248, in the 2nd column, we made typographical errors in the code descriptors for CPT codes 0174T and 0175T.

(3) On page 70250, in the 1st column, we incorrectly listed CPT code 78350. That code (single-photon absorptiometry) is non-covered beginning in 2007 under the policy changes discussed on page 69691 of the CY 2007 PFS final rule with comment period.

(4) On page 70250, in the 3rd column, we made typographical errors in the descriptors for HCPCS codes A9567, A9568, Q9952, and Q9953.

(5) On page 70251, in the 2nd column, we did not include the correct descriptor for HCPCS code G0173. Also, in that column, we incorrectly included HCPCS G0243, which was terminated effective December 31, 2006.

(6) On page 70251, in the second footnote at the bottom of the page, we gave an incorrect Web site address.

These corrections are reflected in section IV.B. of this correcting amendment.

B. Correction of Errors in Addenda

1. On pages 69796 through 70011, in Addendum B: Relative Value Units (RVUs) and Related Information the following entries are corrected to read as follows: Start Printed Page 18912

Addendum B.—Relative Value Units (RVUs) and Related Information—Corrections

CPT 1/ HCPCS 2ModStatusDescriptionPhysician Work RVUs 3Fully Implemented Non-Facility PE RVUsYear 2007 Transitional Non-Facility PE RVUsFully Implemented Facility PE RVUsYear 2007 Transitional Facility PE RVUsMal-Practice RVUsFully Implemented Non-Facility TotalYear 2007 Transitional Non-Facility TotalFully Implemented Facility TotalYear 2007 Transitional Facility TotalGlobal
36478AEndovenous laser, 1st vein6.7226.5341.712.032.410.3733.6248.809.129.50000
37210AEmbolization uterine fibroid10.6079.8879.883.133.130.6091.0891.0814.3314.33000
44180ALap, enterolysis15.19NANA5.656.091.86NANA22.7023.14090
44186ALap, jejunostomy10.30NANA4.434.701.27NANA16.0016.27090
77056AMammogram, both breasts0.871.961.68NANA0.112.942.66NANAXXX
77056TCAMammogram, both breasts0.001.721.41NANA0.071.791.48NANAXXX
77422ANeutron beam tx, simple0.005.312.61NANA0.135.442.74NANAXXX
77423ANeutron beam tx, complex0.007.513.57NANA0.137.643.70NANAXXX
78351NBone mineral, dual photon0.300.471.410.070.110.010.781.720.380.42XXX
93225AECG monitor/record, 24 hrs0.000.851.14NANA0.080.931.22NANAXXX
93226AECG monitor/report, 24 hrs0.001.181.93NANA0.141.322.07NANAXXX
93231AEcg monitor/record, 24 hrs0.000.711.32NANA0.110.821.43NANAXXX
93232AECG monitor/report, 24 hrs0.001.341.97NANA0.131.472.10NANAXXX
93503AInsert/place heart catheter2.91NANA0.470.630.20NANA3.583.74000
93539AInjection, cardiac cath0.40NANA0.220.180.01NANA0.630.59000
93540AInjection, cardiac cath0.43NANA0.240.190.01NANA0.680.63000
93541AInjection for lung angiogram0.29NANA0.150.120.01NANA0.450.42000
93542AInjection for heart x-rays0.29NANA0.150.120.01NANA0.450.42000
93543AInjection for heart x-rays0.29NANA0.160.120.01NANA0.460.42000
93544AInjection for aortography0.25NANA0.130.110.01NANA0.390.37000
93545AInject for coronary x-rays0.40NANA0.220.180.01NANA0.630.59000
95991ASpin/brain pump refill & main0.771.631.530.180.170.062.462.361.011.00XXX
98960BSelf-mgmt educ & train, 1 pt0.00+0.570.57NANA0.010.580.58NANAXXX
98961BSelf-mgmt educ/train, 2-4 pt0.00+0.270.27NANA0.010.280.28NANAXXX
98962BSelf-mgmt educ/train, 5-8 pt0.00+0.200.20NANA0.010.210.21NANAXXX
G9041ALow vision rehab occupationa0.440.290.290.290.290.010.740.740.740.74XXX
G9042ALow vision rehab orient/mobi0.100.290.290.290.290.010.400.400.400.40XXX
G9043ALow vision lowvision therapi0.100.290.290.290.290.010.400.400.400.40XXX
G9044ALow vision rehabilate teache0.100.230.230.230.230.010.400.400.400.40XXX
1 CPT codes and descriptions only are copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS apply.
3 + Indicates RVUs are not used for Medicare payment.
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2. On pages 70022 through 70043, the title of Addendum G is corrected to read as follows: “CY 2007 ESRD WAGE INDEX FOR URBAN AREAS BASED ON CBSA LABOR MARKET AREAS.”

3. On page 70037, the wage index value for CBSA code 39820, Redding CA is corrected to read “1.3895”.

4. In Addendum J:

a. On page 70247, in the 3rd column, the entries for CPT codes 78267 and 78268 and their respective descriptors are corrected by placing them in numerical order.

b. On page 70248, in the 2nd column, the descriptors for CPT codes 0174T and 0175T are corrected by revising “crx” to read “cxr”.

c. On page 70250, in the 1st column, the entry for CPT code 78350 is removed.

d. On page 70250, in the 3rd column, the descriptors for HCPCS codes A9567, A9568, Q9952 and Q9953 are corrected to read as follows:

Addendum J.—List of CPT1/HCPCS Codes Used To Describe Certain Designated Health Service Categories 2 Under Section 1877 of the Social Security Act

[Effective Date January 1, 2007]

RADIATION THERAPY SERVICES AND SUPPLIES
CPT codeDescriptor
A9567Technetium TC-99m aerosol.
A9568Technetium tc99m arcitumomab.
Q9952Inj Gad-base MR contrast,1ml.
Q9953Inj Fe-base MR contrast,1ml.
1 CPT codes and descriptions only are copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All rights are reserved and applicable FARS/DFARS clauses apply.
2 This list does not include codes for the following designated health service (DHS) categories: durable medical equipment and supplies; parenteral and enteral nutrients, equipment and supplies; prosthetics, orthotics, and prosthetic devices and supplies; home health services; outpatient prescription drugs; and inpatient and outpatient hospital services. For the definitions of these DHS categories, refer to § 411.351. For more information, refer to http://cms.hhs.gov/​PhysicianSelfReferral/​.

e. On page 70251, in the 2nd column, the descriptor for HCPCS code G0173 is corrected to read, “Linear acc stereo radsur com”, and HCPCS code G0243 and its descriptor are removed.

f. On page 70251, in the 3rd column, the Web site in the last sentence of the second footnote is corrected to read http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​PhysicianSelfReferral/​.

V. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking and Delay in Effective Date

We ordinarily publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to provide a period for public comment before the provisions of a rule take effect in accordance with section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). However, we can waive the notice and comment procedures if the Secretary finds, for good cause, that the notice and comment process is impracticable, unnecessary or contrary to the public interest, and incorporates a statement of the finding and the reasons therefore in the rule.

Section 553(d) of the APA ordinarily requires a 30-day delay in effective date of final rules after the date of their publication. This 30-day delay in effective date can be waived, however, if an agency finds for good cause that the delay is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest, and the agency incorporates a statement of the findings and its reasons in the rule issued.

This correcting amendment addresses technical errors and omissions made in FR Doc. 06-9086, entitled “Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies, Five-Year Review of Work Relative Value Units, and Changes to the Practice Expense Methodology Under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Other Changes to Payment Under Part B; Revisions to the Payment Policies of Ambulance Services Under the Fee Schedule for Ambulance Services; Ambulance Inflation Factor Update for CY 2007,” which appeared in the December 1, 2006 Federal Register (71 FR 69624), and was effective January 1, 2007. This correcting amendment identifies errors and technical correction that are in addition to those identified in the correction notice that appeared in the December 8, 2006 Federal Register (71 FR 58415). The provisions of this final rule with comment period have been previously subjected to notice and comment procedures. Except as noted below, these corrections are consistent with the discussion and text of the final rule with comment period, and do not make substantive changes to the CY 2007 published rule. As such, this correcting amendment is intended to ensure the CY 2007 PFS final rule with comment period accurately reflects the policies adopted in that rule. With respect to most of the corrections in this correcting amendment, we find, therefore, that it is unnecessary and would be contrary to the public interest to undertake further notice and comment procedures to incorporate these corrections into the final rule with comment period.

Except as noted below, for the same reasons, we are also waiving the 30-day delay in effective date for this correcting amendment. We believe that it is in the public interest to ensure that the CY 2007 PFS final rule with comment period accurately states our policies relating to the PFS and other Part B payment policies. Therefore, except as noted otherwise, we find that delaying the effective date of these corrections beyond the January 1, 2007 effective date of the final rule with comment period would be contrary to the public interest. In so doing, we also find good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date.

With respect to the corrections to pages 69699 and 69785 concerning revisions to the performance standards for IDTFs, we find that it would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest to seek public comments before correcting this regulation. The current regulatory language is erroneous because it would require IDTFs to list the serial numbers for all diagnostic equipment in its comprehensive liability insurance policy. This requirement would be impracticable for several reasons. For one, most IDTFs would be unable to comply with this requirement because only some of their diagnostic equipment is onsite. Secondly, this requirement would have the unintended effect of changing the comprehensive liability insurance policy into a different type of insurance policy. For the same reasons, we are waiving the 30-day delay in effective date for these corrections. The corrections to pages 69699 and 69785 concerning revisions to the performance standards for IDTFs are effective April 16, 2007.

With respect to the corrections to § 411.15(o), we find it would be contrary to the public interest to seek public comments before correcting this regulation. The current regulatory language is erroneous and misleading for it suggests that Medicare payment could be made for certain category A devices for which questions of safety and effectiveness have not been resolved (§ 405.201). Moreover, payment for category A devices in these circumstances would be inconsistent with Congressional intent in enacting section 1862(m) of the Act. Section 1871(e)(1)(A) of the Act, as amended by section 903(b)(1) of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) (Pub. L. 108-173), generally prohibits the Secretary from making retroactive substantive changes in policy unless retroactive application of the change is necessary to comply with statutory requirements, or failure to apply the change retroactively would be contrary to the public interest. We are making the Start Printed Page 18914corrections to § 411.15(o) retroactive because failure to apply the change retroactively to January 1, 2007 would be contrary to the public interest because it would fail to preserve the public fisc. OPM v. Richmond, 496 U.S. 414 (1990). Moreover, retroactivity is necessary to comply with statutory requirements in section 1862(m) of the Act which did not authorize payment for category A devices.

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

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Dated: April 5, 2007.

Ann C. Agnew,

Executive Secretary to the Department.

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Accordingly, 42 CFR chapter IV is corrected by making the following correcting amendments:

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PART 410—SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL INSURANCE (SMI) BENEFITS

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1. The authority citation for part 410 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Secs. 1102, 1834, and 1871 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1302, 1395m, and 1395hh).

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Subpart B—Medical and Other Health Services

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2. Section 410.33 is amended by—

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A. Revising paragraph (a)(2).

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B. Revising paragraph (g)(6).

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The revisions read as follows:

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(a) * * *

(2) Exceptions. The following diagnostic tests that are payable under the physician fee schedule and furnished by a nonhospital testing entity are not required to be furnished in accordance with the criteria set forth in paragraphs (b) through (e) and (g) and (h) of this section.

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(g) * * *

(6) Have a comprehensive liability insurance policy of at least $300,000 per location that covers both the place of business and all customers and employees of the IDTF. The policy must be carried by a nonrelative-owned company.

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PART 411—EXCLUSIONS FROM MEDICARE AND LIMITATIONS ON MEDICARE PAYMENT

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3. The authority citation for part 411 is amended to read as follows:

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Authority: Secs. 1102, 1860D-1 through 1860D-42, 1871, and 1877 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1302, 1395w-101 through 1395w-152, 1395hh, and 1395nn).

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Subpart A—General Exclusions and Exclusion of Particular Services

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4. Section 411.15 is amended by revising paragraph (o) to read as follows:

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(o) Experimental or investigational devices, except for certain devices.

(1) Categorized by the FDA as a non-experimental/investigational (Category B) device defined in § 405.201(b) of this chapter; and

(2) Furnished in accordance with the FDA-approved protocols governing clinical trials.

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PART 414—PAYMENT FOR PART B MEDICAL AND OTHER HEALTH SERVICES

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5. The authority citation for Part 414 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Secs. 1102, 1871, and 1881(b)(l) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1302, 1395hh, and 1395rr(b)(l)).

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Subpart J—Submission of Manufacturer's Average Sales Price Data

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6. Section 414.804(a)(3)(iv) is revised to read as follows:

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(iv) Example. After adjusting for exempted sales, the total lagged price concessions (discounts, rebates, etc.) over the most recent 12-month period available associated with sales for National Drug Code 12345-6789-01 subject to the ASP reporting requirement equal $200,000, and the total in dollars for the sales subject to the average sales price reporting requirement for the same period equals $600,000. The lagged price concessions percentage for this period equals 200,000/600,000 = 0.33333. The total in dollars for the sales subject to the average sales price reporting requirement for the quarter being reported, equals $50,000 for 10,000 units sold. The manufacturer's average sales price calculation for this National Drug Code for this quarter is: $50,000−(0.33333 × $50,000) = $33,334 (net total sales amount); $33,334/10,000 = $3.33 (average sales price).

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[FR Doc. E7-6989 Filed 4-13-07; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 4120-01-P