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Medicare Program; Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2009; E-Prescribing Exemption for Computer Generated Facsimile Transmissions; Corrections

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Correction of final rule with comment period.

SUMMARY:

This document corrects several technical and typographical errors in the final rule with comment period that appeared in the November 19, 2008 Federal Register entitled “Medicare Program; Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2009; E-Prescribing Exemption for Computer-Generated Facsimile Transmissions; and Payment for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS); Final Rule” (73 FR 69726).

DATES:

Effective Date: This correction notice is effective January 1, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Diane Milstead, (410) 786-3355.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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I. Background

In FR Doc. E8-26213 of November 19, 2008 (73 FR 69726) (hereinafter referred to as the CY 2009 PFS final rule with comment period), there were a number of technical and typographical errors that are identified and corrected in the Correction of Errors section of this notice. The provisions of this notice are effective as if they had been included in the CY 2009 PFS final rule with comment period. Accordingly, the corrections are effective January 1, 2009.

II. Summary of Errors

A. Errors in the Preamble

On pages 69738 and 69739, we are correcting a typographical error in the discussion concerning submission of information for supply and equipment items. In addition, in Table 2, we are correcting the reference to a code number that appears in that table, as well as typographical errors that appear in the footnotes for Tables 2 and 3. We are also correcting the reference to two code numbers that appear in Table 5.

On pages 69764, 69765, 69801, 69856, 69867, 69868, and 69869, we are correcting typographical errors.

On page 69857, we are deleting a sentence which refers incorrectly to a revision to the regulation.

On page 69866, we are adding a footnote that was referenced but inadvertently not included.

On page 69899, we are adding CPT 78414 to our summary of deleted codes. This code does not involve imaging and, therefore, should not be included in the category of “Radiology and Certain Other Imaging Services.”

On page 69900, Table 30, we are adding two codes to the list of deletions. Under the heading of “Clinical Laboratory Services,” we are adding HCPCS code G0394 and its short descriptor because this code will be terminated December 31, 2008. Under the heading of “Radiology and Certain Other Imaging Services,” we are adding in numerical order CPT code 78414 and its short descriptor.

B. Errors in the Regulations Text

The regulations text contained minor typographical and technical errors; therefore, we are not summarizing the individual errors in this section.

C. Errors in the Addenda

On pages 69956, 70007, 70024, 70051, 70088, and 70122 of Addendum B, Relative Value Units and Related Information Used in Determining Medicare Payments for 2009, the PE RVUs listed for CPT codes 20697, 37205, 37206, 47525 and 76775-26 are corrected. In addition the global periods for the CPT codes 47525, 63650, 63685, 63688, and 93352 are corrected.

On pages 70147, 70148, 70149 and 70151 of Addendum C, Codes with Interim RVUs, the PE RVUS listed for CPT code 26097 are corrected and the global period for CPT codes 47525, 63650, 63685, 63688, and 93352 are corrected.

On page 70215, Addendum J, we are deleting HCPCS code G0394 and its short descriptor.

On page 70226, Addendum J, we are deleting CPT 78414 and its short descriptor.

III. Correction of Errors

A. Corrections to the Preamble

1. On page 69738:

a. In the 1st column, in the 1st partial paragraph, line 2, the phrase “items for some each of the” is corrected to read “items for some of the”.

b. In Table 2, Supply Items Needing Specialty Input for Pricing, in column 6, lines 1 and 2, the CPT code “50395” is corrected to read “50593”.

c. In the footnote to Table 2, line 5, the phrase “In these instances only” is corrected to read “In instances where only”.

2. On page 69739:

a. In the footnote to Table 3, line 5, the phrase “In these instances only” is corrected to read “In instances where only”.

b. In the footnote to Table 3, line 15 (item B.), the phrase “ No/insufficient received.” is corrected to read “No/Insufficient information received.”

c. In Table 5, in the 5th column, line 2, the CPT codes “93693 and 93696” are corrected to read “93293 and 93296”.

3. On page 69764, in the 3rd column, 1st full paragraph:

a. Lines 1 and 2, the sentence “We disagree with the commenter.” is removed.

b. Line 5, the phrase “imaging services” is corrected to read “testing services.”

4. On page 69765, in the 1st column:

a. In the 1st paragraph, line 2, the phrase “commenters' concerns and we” is corrected to read “commenters' concerns, but we.”

b. In the 5th paragraph, the phrase “commenters' concerns and we” is corrected to read “commenters' concerns, but we.”

5. On page 69801, in the 1st column, in the 2nd full paragraph, line 40, the phrase “PC be an employee or independent” is corrected to read “PC be an owner, employee, or independent”.

6. On page 69856, in the 2nd column, in the 1st partial paragraph, line 8, the phrase “beneficiaries who's OSA” is corrected to read “beneficiaries whose OSA”.

7. On page 69857, in the 1st column, in the 2nd full paragraph, lines 7 through 11, the sentence “In addition, we are adding a new paragraph (g), which would create an exception to the prohibition contained in (f) if the sleep test is an attended facility-based PSG.” is deleted.

8. On page 69866, in the 3rd column:

a. In the 1st partial paragraph, line 12, the footnote annotation “2” is corrected to read “2A”.

b. In the footnotes, the following footnote is added in numerical order “2A Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare. 2005 Medicare reimbursement figures derived from Hospital Service Area (HSA).”

9. On page 69867, in the 2nd column, in the 3rd full paragraph, lines 15 and 16, the phrase “high cost, of a high volume,” is corrected to read “high cost, high volume,”.

10. On page 69868:

a. In the 2nd column, in the 1st partial paragraph, line 16, the phrase “approach to data for Phase 1,” is corrected to read “approach used for Phase 1,”.

b. In the 2nd column, in the 1st full paragraph, line 6, the phrase “high cost, a high volume,” is corrected to read “high cost, high volume,”.

c. In the 3rd column, in the 1st paragraph, lines 22 through 23, the phrase “data was available” is corrected to read “data were not available”.

11. On page 69869, in the 1st column:

a. In the 1st partial paragraph, lines 7 through 8, the phrase “In addition, to including” is corrected to read “In addition to including”.

b. In the 2nd full paragraph, line 3, the phrase “ of the program as” is corrected to read “of the program, as”.

12. On page 69899, in the 3rd column, in the 3rd paragraph, lines 5 and 6, the phrase “CPT codes 78000, 78001, and 78003” is corrected to read “CPT codes 78000, 78001, 78003, and 78414”.

13. On page 69900, in the 1st column, Table 30: Deletions to the Physician Self-Referral List of CPT1/HCPCS Codes:

a. Under the heading of “Clinical Laboratory Services,” HCPCS code G0394 and its short descriptor are added as the last entry to read as follows:

Clinical Laboratory Services

G0394Blood occult test, colorectal.

b. Under the heading of “Radiology and Certain Other Imaging Services,” CPT code 78414 and its short descriptor are added in numerical order to read as follows:Start Printed Page 80304

Radiology and Certain Other Imaging Services

78414Non-imaging heart function.

B. Corrections to the Regulation Text

1. On page 69933, in § 410.33:

a. In paragraph (g)(16), the phrase “imaging services” is corrected to read “testing services”.

b. In paragraph (g)(17), the phrase “part of a hospital service provided under arrangement with that hospital” is corrected to read “part of a service provided under arrangement as described in section 1861(w)(1) of the Act”.

2. On page 69934, in § 411.15, in paragraph (p)(2)(xii), the phrase “paragraphs (k)(15)(i) thorugh (vi) of this section” is corrected to read “subparagraphs (p)(2)(i) through (vi) of this section”.

3. On page 69936, in § 414.210, in amendatory instruction #26, the statement “E. Adding paragraph (e)(3)(iv).” is added in alphabetical order.

4. On page 69937, in § 414.904, amendatory instruction #31 is revised to read

“Section 414.904 is amended by—

a. Revising paragraphs (b)(2), (c)(2), and (d)(3).

b. Adding paragraph (e)(5).

The revisions and addition read as follows:”.

5. On page 69938, in § 414.904:

a. In paragraph (e), the text “(1) * * *” is removed.

b. Paragraph (e)(1)(i) is redesignated to (e)(5).

c. Paragraph (e)(1)(i)(A) is redesignated to (e)(5)(i).

d. Paragraph (e)(1)(i)(A)(1) is redesignated to (e)(5)(i)(A).

e. Paragraph (e)(1)(i)(A)(2) is redesignated to (e)(5)(i)(B).

f. Paragraph (e)(1)(i)(B) is redesignated to (e)(5)(ii).

g. Paragraph (e)(1)(i)(B)(1) is redesignated to (e)(5)(ii)(A).

h. Paragraph (e)(1)(i)(B)(2) is redesignated to (e)(5)(ii)(B).

6. On page 69940, in § 424.516, in paragraph (e)(1), the phrase “ownership, including” is corrected to read “ownership or control, including”.

C. Corrections to the Addenda

1. On pages 69956, 70007, 70024, 70051, 70088, and 70122, Addendum B: Relative Value Units and Related Information Used in Determining Medicare Payments for 2009, the following CPT codes are corrected to read as follows:

CPT 1/ HCPCSModStatusDescriptionPhysi- cian work RVUs 2Fully imple- mented non- facility PE RVUs 2Year 2009 transi- tional non- facility PE RVUs 2Fully imple- mented facility PE RVUs 2Year 2009 transi- tional facility PE RVUs 2Mal- practice RVUs 2Global
20697AComp ext fixate strut change0.0033.0833.08NANA0.01000
37205ATranscath iv stent, percut8.27105.15105.153.353.460.60000
37206ATranscath iv stent/perc addl4.1264.2664.261.621.580.31ZZZ
47525AChange bile duct catheter1.5410.9011.980.861.350.33000
63650AImplant neuroelectrodes7.15NANA2.712.830.53010
63685AInsrt/redo spine n generator6.00NANA2.903.221.05010
63688ARevise/remove neuroreceiver5.25NANA2.883.050.89010
7677526AUs exam abdo back wall, lim0.580.230.230.230.230.03XXX
93352AAdmin ecg contrast agent0.190.840.84NANA0.04ZZZ

2. On pages 70147, 70148, 70149 and 70151, Addendum C: Codes with Interim RVUs, the following CPT codes are corrected to read as follows:

CPT 1/ HCPCSModStatusDescriptionPhysi- cian work RVUs 2Fully imple- mented non- facility PE RVUs 2Year 2009 transi- tional non- facility PE RVUs 2Fully imple- mented facility PE RVUs 2Year 2009 transi- tional facility PE RVUs 2Mal- practice RVUs 2Global
20697AComp ext fixate strut change0.0033.0833.08NANA0.01000
47525AChange bile duct catheter1.5410.9011.980.861.350.33000
63650AImplant neuroelectrodes7.15NANA2.712.830.53010
63685AInsrt/redo spine n generator6.00NANA2.903.221.05010
63688ARevise/remove neuroreceiver5.25NANA2.883.050.89010
93352AAdmin ecg contrast agent0.190.840.84NANA0.04ZZZ

3. On page 70215, in Addendum J, the entry for HCPCS code G0394 and its short descriptor are removed.

4. On page 70226, in Addendum J, the entry for CPT code 78414 and its short descriptor are removed.

III. 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 procedure 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 for it in the rule.

Section 553(d) of the APA ordinarily requires a 30-day delay in the 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.Start Printed Page 80305

This document merely corrects typographical and technical errors made in FR Doc. E8-26213, the CY 2009 PFS final rule with comment period, which appeared in the November 19, 2009 Federal Register (73 FR 69726), and is (with limited exceptions not relevant to these corrections, but noted in the rule), effective January 1, 2009. The provisions of the final rule with comment period have been subjected previously to notice and comment procedures. The corrections contained in this document are consistent with, and do not make substantive changes to, the payment methodologies and policies adopted in the CY 2009 PFS final rule with comment period. As such, these corrections are being made to ensure the CY 2009 PFS final rule with comment period accurately reflects the policies adopted in that rule. We find, therefore, for good cause 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 CY 2009 PFS final rule with comment period.

For the same reasons, we are also waiving the 30-day delay in effective date for these corrections. We believe that it is in the public interest to ensure that the CY 2009 PFS final rule with comment period accurately states our policies as of the date they take effect. Therefore, we find that delaying the effective date of these corrections beyond the effective date of the final rule with comment period would be contrary to the public interest. In so doing, we find good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date.

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

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Dated: December 22, 2008.

Ann C. Agnew,

Executive Secretary to the Department.

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[FR Doc. E8-31027 Filed 12-30-08; 8:45 am]

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