There is a mismatch between the listed codes and the code description of osteomyelitis in the blood glucose national coverage determination (NCD). The NCD includes the coding range 730.07-730.27 and the description “osteomyelitis of tarsal bones.” The fifth digit of the codes in this range indicates location of the osteomyelitis and the codes listed include unspecified, shoulder, upper arm, forearm, hand, pelvic region and thigh, lower leg, ankle and foot, other sites and multiple sites. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) believes that osteomyelitis of the tarsal bones should be coded as 730.07, 730.17, and 730.27 to be consistent with the original intent of the NCD. Therefore, CMS proposes changing the codes for osteomyelitis of the tarsal bones to 730.07, 730.17 and 730.27.
CIM citation: Program Memorandum AB-02-110M
February 21, 2003
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