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Billing and Coding: MolDX: Afirma™ Assay by Veracyte

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Article ID
A54356
Original ICD-9 Article ID
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Article Title
Billing and Coding: MolDX: Afirma™ Assay by Veracyte
Article Type
Billing and Coding
Original Effective Date
10/01/2015
Revision Effective Date
01/01/2021
Revision Ending Date
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Retirement Date
ANTICIPATED 07/28/2024
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The following coding and billing guidance is to be used with its associated Local coverage determination.

The MolDX Team has completed the Afirma assessment and determined that the test meets criteria for analytical and clinical validity, and clinical utility as a reasonable and necessary Medicare benefit. Effective 10/01/2015, MolDX will reimburse Afirma services for patients with the following conditions (patient must have 1 and 2):

1. Patients with one or more thyroid nodules with a history or characteristics suggesting malignancy such as:

  • Nodule growth over time
  • Family history of thyroid cancer
  • Hoarseness, difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • History of exposure to ionizing radiation
  • Hard nodule compared with rest of gland consistency
  • Presence of cervical adenopathy

2. Have an indeterminate follicular pathology on fine needle aspiration

MolDX expects this test will be performed once per patient lifetime. Should the unlikely situation of a second, unrelated thyroid nodule with indeterminate pathology occur, coverage may be considered upon appeal with support documentation.

To report an Afirma service, submit the following claim information:

  • Select the appropriate CPT® code
  • Select the appropriate ICD-10-CM diagnosis
  • Enter the DEX Z-Code™ identifier in the comment/narrative field for the following Part B claim field/types:
    • Loop 2400 or SV101-7 for the 5010A1 837P
    • Item 19 for paper claim
  • Enter the DEX Z-Code™ identifier 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

Response To Comments

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Coding Information

Bill Type Codes

Code Description
018x Hospital - Swing Beds
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Group 1 Codes
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81546 Onc thyr mrna 10,196 gen alg
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ICD-10-CM Codes that Support Medical Necessity

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Group 1 Codes
Code Description
D34 Benign neoplasm of thyroid gland
D44.0 Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of thyroid gland
D44.9 Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of unspecified endocrine gland
E01.0 Iodine-deficiency related diffuse (endemic) goiter
E01.1 Iodine-deficiency related multinodular (endemic) goiter
E01.2 Iodine-deficiency related (endemic) goiter, unspecified
E04.0 Nontoxic diffuse goiter
E04.1 Nontoxic single thyroid nodule
E04.2 Nontoxic multinodular goiter
E04.8 Other specified nontoxic goiter
E04.9 Nontoxic goiter, unspecified
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Bill Type Codes

Contractors may specify Bill Types to help providers identify those Bill Types typically used to report this service. Absence of a Bill Type does not guarantee that the article does not apply to that Bill Type. Complete absence of all Bill Types indicates that coverage is not influenced by Bill Type and the article should be assumed to apply equally to all claims.

Code Description
018x Hospital - Swing Beds
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Revenue Codes

Contractors may specify Revenue Codes to help providers identify those Revenue Codes typically used to report this service. In most instances Revenue Codes are purely advisory. Unless specified in the article, services reported under other Revenue Codes are equally subject to this coverage determination. Complete absence of all Revenue Codes indicates that coverage is not influenced by Revenue Code and the article should be assumed to apply equally to all Revenue Codes.

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Revision History Information

Revision History Date Revision History Number Revision History Explanation
01/01/2021 R6

Under Article Text: Added bullet to read “Select the appropriate CPT® code”; Added bullet to read “Select the appropriate ICD-10 code”.

01/01/2021 R5

81545 was deleted and 81546 was added to Group I Codes. This revision is due to the Q1 2021 CPT/HCPCS Code Update and is effective for dates of service on or after 01/01/2021.

11/01/2019 R4

As required by CR 10901 article is converted to a formal billing and coding type article. There is no change in coverage.

09/20/2018 R3

Reimbursement and coverage is clarified to require a condition from 1. and 2. Effective 10/01/2015.

01/05/2018 R2

Article is updated to add Part A claim filing information.

Article number A54355 for Jurisdiction E Part A (JEA) was retired on January 5, 2018, and combined into Jurisdiction E Part B (JEB) article number A54356.  JEA and JEB contract numbers will have the same final MCD article number and remain an Active article. Coverage will remain the same.

 

01/01/2016 R1 Article is revised to replace 81479 with 81545 effective 01/01/2016.
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Associated Documents

Medicare BPM Ch 15.50.2 SAD Determinations
Medicare BPM Ch 15.50.2
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L35160 - MolDX: Molecular Diagnostic Tests (MDT)
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