CMS received an external request to add ICD-9-CM 790.5, Other nonspecific abnormal serum enzyme levels, as a covered indication for the Hepatitis Panel/Acute Hepatitis Panel NCD at 190.33 of the NCD Manual.
We are seeking public comment on the addition of code 790.5 to the ICD-9-CM Codes Covered By Medicare list for the Hepatitis Panel/Acute Hepatitis Panel 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 code 790.5 as a covered indication in the Hepatitis Panel/Acute Hepatitis Panel national coverage determination list of covered indications.
The initial 30-day public comment period begins with this acceptance 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.