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CMS Internal HCPCS Coding Decisions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is conducting a limited demonstration for a web-based notice and comment mechanism allowing public input on requests to discontinue Level II HCPCS codes that are generated internally based on national program operating needs; not the subject of other notice and comment mechanisms; are not replaced by other or new codes.

This demonstration provides a valuable opportunity for CMS to gather critical data related to the logistics, time and resources involved in adding a public component to CMS’ internal code request process, so that we can find an appropriate balance between the need for transparency and stakeholder input, and the need to be nimble in making coding changes to improve program administration, to the extent practicable.

CMS reserves the right to make immediate changes without notice (and take comments afterwards), when we have a national program operating need to do so.

CMS’ 2016 Internal requests to discontinue permanent level II HCPCS codes (that are not the subject of other notice and comment mechanisms and/or that are not replaced by other or new codes) can be found at CMS Internal HCPCS Coding Decisions 2017 [PDF, 72KB] .

Public comments are due, in writing, via hcpcs@cms.hhs.gov by the date specified in the individual announcement. Note that CMS may publish more than one such announcement on different dates.

CMS’ HCPCS Workgroup will re-review the internal requests, together with input received timely via the above process. The final decision will be folded into the outgoing HCPCS Annual Update.

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