Local Coverage Article Billing and Coding

Billing and Coding: Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Markers and Chimerism (CPT® codes 81265-81268)

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Article ID
A57843
Article Title
Billing and Coding: Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Markers and Chimerism (CPT® codes 81265-81268)
Article Type
Billing and Coding
Original Effective Date
03/03/2022
Revision Effective Date
03/17/2022
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CMS National Coverage Policy

Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, §1833(e) prohibits Medicare payment for any claim which lacks the necessary information to process the claim.

CMS Internet-Only Manuals, Pub 100-02, Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 15, §80.1.2 A/B MAC (B) Contacts With Independent Clinical Laboratories

CMS Internet-Only Manual, Pub. 100-04, Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 16, §50.5 Jurisdiction of Laboratory Claims, §60.1.2 Independent Laboratory Specimen Drawing, §60.2 Travel Allowance

Article Guidance

Article Text

Please note that CPT® codes 81265 and 81266 describe services performed for recipient/donor testing and twin zygosity. Tests indicated for recipient/donor testing will be considered for payment and tests for twin zygosity will be denied as a statutorily excluded service. The following instructions outline the correct reporting of recipient/donor testing for transplant services.

Chimerism analysis to identify appropriate donors and monitor engraftment success or disease reoccurrence is a covered Medicare service.

    • Code 81265 should be reported with one unit of service (UOS). Except in rare cases, this service would only be performed once per lifetime.
    • Code 81266, when used in bone marrow transplants to report an additional double-cord blood sample, is a covered service.
    • Code 81267 should be used post transplantation to confirm successful engraftment or disease reoccurrence. Although the original donor specimen may be referenced, an additional 81265 should NOT be submitted in addition to the 81267 service. For labs that hold the pre-transplant specimen (81265 and/or 81266) until after the transplant occurs, use 81267 plus 81265 and 81266 if necessary.

Note:

Code 81267 should be reported for the findings of the pre and post-transplant comparison.

  • Code 81268 should be used to report chimerism using a buccal or other germline tissue specimen from the recipient post-transplantation. For labs that hold the pre-transplant specimen (81265 and/or 81266) until after the transplant occurs, use 81267 plus 81265 and 81266 if necessary.

MolDX would not expect to see a claim for 81265 pre-transplant and an additional 81265 and 81267 post-transplant or a claim for 81265 pre-transplant and an additional claim for 81268.

EXCEPTIONS: Although the initial chimerism testing, code 81265, for engraftment is usually limited to once in a lifetime, MolDX recognizes special circumstances may require an additional service and will consider approval on a case-by-case basis through the appeal process.

To report a Molecular Diagnostic Test service, please submit the following claim information:

  • Select appropriate CPT® code
  • Enter 1 unit of service (UOS)
  • Enter the appropriate 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
    • Item 19 for paper claim
  • Enter the appropriate 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

Coding Information

CPT/HCPCS Codes

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81265 COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS USING SHORT TANDEM REPEAT (STR) MARKERS; PATIENT AND COMPARATIVE SPECIMEN (EG, PRE-TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT AND DONOR GERMLINE TESTING, POST-TRANSPLANT NON-HEMATOPOIETIC RECIPIENT GERMLINE [EG, BUCCAL SWAB OR OTHER GERMLINE TISSUE SAMPLE] AND DONOR TESTING, TWIN ZYGOSITY TESTING, OR MATERNAL CELL CONTAMINATION OF FETAL CELLS)
81266 COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS USING SHORT TANDEM REPEAT (STR) MARKERS; EACH ADDITIONAL SPECIMEN (EG, ADDITIONAL CORD BLOOD DONOR, ADDITIONAL FETAL SAMPLES FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES, OR ADDITIONAL ZYGOSITY IN MULTIPLE BIRTH PREGNANCIES) (LIST SEPARATELY IN ADDITION TO CODE FOR PRIMARY PROCEDURE)
81267 CHIMERISM (ENGRAFTMENT) ANALYSIS, POST TRANSPLANTATION SPECIMEN (EG, HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL), INCLUDES COMPARISON TO PREVIOUSLY PERFORMED BASELINE ANALYSES; WITHOUT CELL SELECTION
81268 CHIMERISM (ENGRAFTMENT) ANALYSIS, POST TRANSPLANTATION SPECIMEN (EG, HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL), INCLUDES COMPARISON TO PREVIOUSLY PERFORMED BASELINE ANALYSES; WITH CELL SELECTION (EG, CD3, CD33), EACH CELL TYPE

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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.

CodeDescription
023x Skilled Nursing - Outpatient

Revenue Codes

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Revision History Information

Revision History DateRevision History NumberRevision History Explanation
03/17/2022 R1

Under CMS National Coverage Policy added regulations Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, §1833(e) Prohibits Medicare payment for any claim which lacks the necessary information to process the claim, CMS Internet-Only Manuals, Pub 100-02, Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 15, §80.1.2 A/B MAC (B) Contacts With Independent Clinical Laboratories, and CMS Internet-Only Manual, Pub. 100-04, Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 16, §50.5 Jurisdiction of Laboratory Claims, §60.1.2 Independent Laboratory Specimen Drawing, §60.2. Travel Allowance. Under Article Text deleted the verbiage, “Laboratories are encouraged to register tests based on the use of the test” and “Through the MolDX identification process”. Revised third sentence to read, “Tests indicated for recipient/donor testing will be considered for payment and tests for twin zygosity will be denied as a statutorily excluded service.” and added verbiage regarding instructions on how to submit claims information. Formatting, punctuation, and typographical errors were corrected throughout the article.

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