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Billing and Coding: Stretta Procedure

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Source Article ID
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Article ID
A57039
Original ICD-9 Article ID
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Article Title
Billing and Coding: Stretta Procedure
Article Type
Billing and Coding
Original Effective Date
09/26/2019
Revision Effective Date
09/07/2023
Revision Ending Date
11/15/2023
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Article Guidance

Article Text

This article gives guidance for billing, coding, and other guidelines in relation to local coverage policy L34540-Stretta Procedure.

 

General Guidelines for Claims submitted to Part A or Part B MAC:

Procedure codes may be subject to National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits or OPPS packaging edits. Refer to NCCI and OPPS requirements prior to billing Medicare. For services requiring a referring/ordering physician, the name and NPI of the referring/ordering physician must be reported on the claim. A claim submitted without a valid ICD-10-CM diagnosis code will be returned to the provider as an incomplete claim under Section 1833(e) of the Social Security Act. The diagnosis code(s) must best describe the patient's condition for which the service was performed. For diagnostic tests, report the result of the test if known; otherwise the symptoms prompting the performance of the test should be reported.

 

Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage (ABN) Modifier Guidelines

An ABN may be used for services which are likely to be non-covered, whether for medical necessity or for other reasons. Refer to CMS Publication 100-04, Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 30, for complete instructions.

Effective from April 1, 2010, non-covered services should be billed with modifier –GA, -GX, -GY, or –GZ, as appropriate.

The –GA modifier (“Waiver of Liability Statement Issued as Required by Payer Policy”) should be used when physicians, practitioners, or suppliers want to indicate that they anticipate that Medicare will deny a specific service as not reasonable and necessary and they do have an ABN signed by the beneficiary on file. Modifier GA applies only when services will be denied under reasonable and necessary provisions, sections 1862(a)(1), 1862(a)(9), 1879(e), or 1879(g) of the Social Security Act. Effective April 1, 2010, Part A MAC systems will automatically deny services billed with modifier GA. An ABN, Form CMS-R-131, should be signed by the beneficiary to indicate that ‎he/she accepts responsibility for payment.‎ The -GA modifier may also be used on assigned claims when a patient refuses to sign the ABN and the latter is properly witnessed. For claims submitted to the Part A MAC, occurrence code 32 and the date of the ABN is required.

 

Modifier GX (“Notice of Liability Issued, Voluntary Under Payer Policy”) should be used when the beneficiary has signed an ABN, and a denial is anticipated based on provisions other than medical necessity, such as statutory exclusions of coverage or technical issues. An ABN is not required for these denials, but if non-covered services are reported with modifier GX, will automatically be denied services.

 

The –GZ modifier should be used when physicians, practitioners, or suppliers want to indicate that they expect that Medicare will deny an item or service as not reasonable and necessary and they have not had an ABN signed by the beneficiary. ‎If the service is statutorily non-covered, or without a benefit category, submit the ‎appropriate CPT/HCPCS code with the -GY modifier. An ABN is not required for these denials, and the limitation of liability does not apply for beneficiaries. Services with modifier GY will automatically deny.

Documentation Requirements

The patient’s medical record should include but is not limited to:

  • The assessment of the patient by the ordering provider as it relates to the complaint of the patient for that visit,
  • Relevant medical history
  • Results of pertinent tests/procedures
  • Signed and dated office visit record/operative report (Please note that all services ordered or rendered to Medicare beneficiaries must be signed.)

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Coding Information

Bill Type Codes

Code Description
012x Hospital Inpatient (Medicare Part B only)
013x Hospital Outpatient
021x Skilled Nursing - Inpatient (Including Medicare Part A)
022x Skilled Nursing - Inpatient (Medicare Part B only)
023x Skilled Nursing - Outpatient
071x Clinic - Rural Health
072x Clinic - Hospital Based or Independent Renal Dialysis Center
073x Clinic - Freestanding
085x Critical Access Hospital
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Revenue Codes

Code Description
0350 CT Scan - General Classification
0519 Clinic - Other Clinic
0750 Gastro-Intestinal (GI) Services - General Classification
0960 Professional Fees - General Classification
0969 Professional Fees - Other Professional Fee
0975 Professional Fees - Operating Room
0982 Professional Fees - Outpatient Services
0983 Professional Fees - Clinic
0987 Professional Fees - Hospital Visit
0988 Professional Fees - Consultation
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CPT/HCPCS Codes

Group 1

(1 Code)
Group 1 Paragraph

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Group 1 Codes
Code Description
43257 ESOPHAGOGASTRODUODENOSCOPY, FLEXIBLE, TRANSORAL; WITH DELIVERY OF THERMAL ENERGY TO THE MUSCLE OF LOWER ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER AND/OR GASTRIC CARDIA, FOR TREATMENT OF GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE
N/A

CPT/HCPCS Modifiers

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Group 1 Codes

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ICD-10-CM Codes that Support Medical Necessity

Group 1

(1 Code)
Group 1 Paragraph

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Group 1 Codes
Code Description
XX000 Not Applicable
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ICD-10-CM Codes that DO NOT Support Medical Necessity

Group 1

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Group 1 Codes

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ICD-10-PCS Codes

Group 1

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Group 1 Codes

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Additional ICD-10 Information

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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
012x Hospital Inpatient (Medicare Part B only)
013x Hospital Outpatient
021x Skilled Nursing - Inpatient (Including Medicare Part A)
022x Skilled Nursing - Inpatient (Medicare Part B only)
023x Skilled Nursing - Outpatient
071x Clinic - Rural Health
072x Clinic - Hospital Based or Independent Renal Dialysis Center
073x Clinic - Freestanding
085x Critical Access Hospital
N/A

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.

Revenue codes only apply to providers who bill these services to the Part A MAC. Revenue codes do not apply to physicians, other professionals and suppliers who bill these services to the carrier or Part B MAC.

Please note that not all revenue codes apply to every type of bill code. Providers are encouraged to refer to the FISS revenue code file for allowable bill types. Similarly, not all revenue codes apply to each CPT/HCPCS code. Providers are encouraged to refer to the FISS HCPCS file for allowable revenue codes.


Code Description
0350 CT Scan - General Classification
0519 Clinic - Other Clinic
0750 Gastro-Intestinal (GI) Services - General Classification
0960 Professional Fees - General Classification
0969 Professional Fees - Other Professional Fee
0975 Professional Fees - Operating Room
0982 Professional Fees - Outpatient Services
0983 Professional Fees - Clinic
0987 Professional Fees - Hospital Visit
0988 Professional Fees - Consultation
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Other Coding Information

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Group 1 Paragraph

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Group 1 Codes

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Coding Table Information

Excluded CPT/HCPCS Codes - Table Format
Code Descriptor Generic Name Descriptor Brand Name Exclusion Effective Date Exclusion End Date Reason for Exclusion
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Non-Excluded CPT/HCPCS Ended Codes - Table Format
Code Descriptor Generic Name Descriptor Brand Name Exclusion Effective Date Exclusion End Date Reason for Exclusion
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Revision History Information

Revision History Date Revision History Number Revision History Explanation
09/07/2023 R4

Revision effective date: 09/07/2023

Revision Explanation: Annual review, no changes were made.

09/01/2022 R3

Revision effective date: 09/01/2022

Revision Explanation: Annual review, no changes were made.

08/19/2021 R2

Revision effective date: 08/10/2021

Revision Explanation: Annual review, no changes were made.

08/25/2020 R1

Revision effective date: n/a

Revision Explanation: Annual review, no changes made

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Associated Documents

Medicare BPM Ch 15.50.2 SAD Determinations
Medicare BPM Ch 15.50.2
Related Local Coverage Documents
LCDs
L34540 - Stretta Procedure
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