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Billing and Coding: MolDX: HEXA Gene Analysis

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A54268
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Article Title
Billing and Coding: MolDX: HEXA Gene Analysis
Article Type
Billing and Coding
Original Effective Date
10/01/2015
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11/16/2023
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Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (SSA), §1862(a)(1)(A), states that no Medicare payment shall be made for items or services that “are not reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury or to improve the functioning of a malformed body member.”

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Effective for dates of service on and after February 7, 2013

The clinical diagnosis of Hexosaminidase A deficiency, a disorder also known as Tay-Sachs disease characterized by progressive weakness, loss of motor skills, and increased startle reflex in infants, relies on blood tests that result in absent or near absent beta-hexosaminidase A (HEXA) enzymatic activity. Molecular genetic testing identifies HEXA gene mutation carriers at risk for conceiving offspring with the disease. Therefore, HEXA genetic testing is not a Medicare benefit and is a statutorily excluded service. In addition to single gene testing, MolDX will also deny panels of tests that include the HEXA gene as a statutorily excluded service.

To receive a HEXA gene test service denial, please submit the following claim information:

    • Select the appropriate CPT® code based on type of testing
      • 81255 – HEXA, common variants
      • 81406 – HEXA, full gene sequence
      • 81412 - Ashkenazi Jewish associated disorders
      • 81443 – Genetic testing for severe inherited conditions
    • An Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) is not required for statutorily excluded services.
      • For a voluntary issued ABN, append with GX modifier
      • To indicate a valid ABN is on file for a known statutorily excluded service, append with a GY modifier
    • Enter DEX Z-Code™ identifier adjacent to the CPT® code in the comment/narrative field for the following Part B claim field/types:
      • Loop 2400 or SV101-7 for the 5010A1 837P
      • Box 19 for paper claim
    • Enter DEX Z-Code™ identifier adjacent to the CPT® code in the comment/narrative field for the following Part A claim field/types:
      • Line SV202-7 for 837I electronic claim
      • Block 80 for the UB04 claim form

 

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81255 HEXA (HEXOSAMINIDASE A [ALPHA POLYPEPTIDE]) (EG, TAY-SACHS DISEASE) GENE ANALYSIS, COMMON VARIANTS (EG, 1278INSTATC, 1421+1G>C, G269S)
81443 GENETIC TESTING FOR SEVERE INHERITED CONDITIONS (EG, CYSTIC FIBROSIS, ASHKENAZI JEWISH-ASSOCIATED DISORDERS [EG, BLOOM SYNDROME, CANAVAN DISEASE, FANCONI ANEMIA TYPE C, MUCOLIPIDOSIS TYPE VI, GAUCHER DISEASE, TAY-SACHS DISEASE], BETA HEMOGLOBINOPATHIES, PHENYLKETONURIA, GALACTOSEMIA), GENOMIC SEQUENCE ANALYSIS PANEL, MUST INCLUDE SEQUENCING OF AT LEAST 15 GENES (EG, ACADM, ARSA, ASPA, ATP7B, BCKDHA, BCKDHB, BLM, CFTR, DHCR7, FANCC, G6PC, GAA, GALT, GBA, GBE1, HBB, HEXA, IKBKAP, MCOLN1, PAH)

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81406 MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY PROCEDURE, LEVEL 7 (EG, ANALYSIS OF 11-25 EXONS BY DNA SEQUENCE ANALYSIS, MUTATION SCANNING OR DUPLICATION/DELETION VARIANTS OF 26-50 EXONS, CYTOGENOMIC ARRAY ANALYSIS FOR NEOPLASIA)
81412 ASHKENAZI JEWISH ASSOCIATED DISORDERS (EG, BLOOM SYNDROME, CANAVAN DISEASE, CYSTIC FIBROSIS, FAMILIAL DYSAUTONOMIA, FANCONI ANEMIA GROUP C, GAUCHER DISEASE, TAY-SACHS DISEASE), GENOMIC SEQUENCE ANALYSIS PANEL, MUST INCLUDE SEQUENCING OF AT LEAST 9 GENES, INCLUDING ASPA, BLM, CFTR, FANCC, GBA, HEXA, IKBKAP, MCOLN1, AND SMPD1
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GX NOTICE OF LIABILITY ISSUED, VOLUNTARY UNDER PAYER POLICY
GY ITEM OR SERVICE STATUTORILY EXCLUDED, DOES NOT MEET THE DEFINITION OF ANY MEDICARE BENEFIT OR, FOR NON-MEDICARE INSURERS, IS NOT A CONTRACT BENEFIT
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Revision History Information

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11/16/2023 R12

Revision Effective: 11/16/2023

Revision Explanation: Updated LCD Reference Article section.

10/31/2019 R11

Revision Effective: N/A
Revision Explanation: Annual review no changes made.

10/31/2019 R10

Revision Effective date: 10/31/2019
Revision Explanation:This article is being revised in order to adhere to CMS requirements per Chapter 13, Section 13.5.1 of the Program Integrity Manual. Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, §1862(a)(1)(A) has been added to the CMS National Coverage Policy section and removed from the Article Text. Under Article Title changed title from “MolDX: HEXA Gene Analysis Coding and Billing Guidelines” to “Billing and Coding: MolDX: HEXA Gene Analysis”. Under Article Text deleted the sentence “Select the appropriate diagnosis for the patient”. Under CPT/HCPCS Codes Group 1: Codes deleted CPT® codes 81406 and 81412. Under CPT/HCPCS Codes Group 2: Paragraph added verbiage “CPT® codes that are also referenced in other articles.” Under CPT/HCPCS Codes Group 2: Codes added CPT® codes 81406 and 81412. Under CPT/HCPCS Modifiers added modifiers GX and GY.

10/03/2019 R9

Revision Effective date: 10/03/2019
Revision Explanation: Converted article into new billing and coding article template.

01/01/2019 R8

Revision Effective date: 01/01/2019
Revision Explanation: During annual HCPCS update new codes 81412 and 81443 were added to this article. Also added 81406 that was left off in error.

10/01/2017 R7

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Revision Explanation: Annual review no changes made.

10/01/2015 R6

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10/01/2017 R5

Revision Effective date: 10/01/2017
Revision Explanation: Replaced "identifier" verbiage with the appropriate DEX Z code identifier verbiage.

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Revision Explanation: Annual review no changes made.
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10/01/2015 R2 R1
Revision Effective:10/01/2015
Revision Explanation: Changed MoPath to MolDX .
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Revision Explanation: Added Part A loop information.
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Medicare BPM Ch 15.50.2 SAD Determinations
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L36021 - MolDX: Molecular Diagnostic Tests (MDT)
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