The current national coverage determination (NCD) for blood counts is constructed so that any ICD-9-CM code not on the list of Codes That Do Not Support Medical Necessity or List of Codes Not Covered by Medicare are covered. Prior to January 1, 2005, ICD-9-CM codes V77.1, V81.0, V81.1, and V81.2 were on the List of Codes Not Covered by Medicare, as these codes are screening. However, effective January 1, 2005, the Medicare law was changed to add diabetes and cardiovascular screening as a Medicare covered benefit. In order to implement this statutory change, these codes were removed from the List of Codes Not Covered by Medicare. Without adding them to the list of codes that are not medically necessary for blood counts, the framework of the NCD resulted in these codes being covered. We will be reviewing these codes more carefully with the benefit of public comment to make a determination if the codes should be added to the List of Codes that Do Not Support Medical Necessity for blood counts.
January 31, 2005
March 15, 2005