CMS received an external request to add ICD-9-CM 600.10 Nodular prostate without urinary obstruction, and ICD-9-CM 600.11 Nodular prostate with urinary obstruction, as covered indications 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 600.10, Nodular prostate without urinary obstruction, and code 600.11, Nodular prostate with urinary obstruction, flow from the narrative. We are seeking public comment on the addition of codes 600.10 and 600.11 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.
CMS accepts a request to add ICD-9-CM codes 600.10 and 600.11 as covered indications 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.