CMS received an external request to add Hypertrophy (benign) of prostate without urinary obstruction, ICD-9-CM code 600.00, as a covered indication for the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) NCD at 190.31 of the NCD Manual.
The narrative covered indications for the PSA NCD state, “PSA is of proven value in differentiating benign from malignant disease in men with lower urinary tract signs and symptoms as well as with patients with palpably abnormal prostate glands on physician exam and in patients with other laboratory or imaging studies that suggest the possibility of a malignant prostate disorder.”
We believe code 600.00, Hypertrophy (benign) of prostate without urinary obstruction, flows from the narrative. We are seeking public comment on the addition of code 600.00 to the ICD-9-CM Codes Covered By Medicare list for the PSA NCD.
The regulation for maintaining code lists in the negotiated NCDs for clinical diagnostic laboratory services states that codes on the covered list flow from the existing NCD narratives of covered indication. The regulation was published February 25, 2005 in the Federal Register, Vol.70, No. 37 and can be viewed at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/CoverageGenInfo/04_LabNCDs.asp#TopOfPage.
April 18, 2006
CMS accepts a request to add ICD-9-CM code 600.00 as a covered indication in the PSA national coverage determination list of covered indications.
The 30-day public comment period begins with this date, and ends after 30 calendar days. CMS considers all public comments, and is particularly interested in clinical studies and other scientific information relevant to the test under consideration.
May 31, 2006