National Coverage Determination (NCD)

Cytotoxic Food Tests


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Tracking Information

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Manual Section Title
Cytotoxic Food Tests
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Effective Date of this Version

Description Information

Benefit Category
Diagnostic Tests (other)

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Indications and Limitations of Coverage

Prior to August 5, l985, Medicare covered cytotoxic food tests as an adjunct to in vivo clinical allergy tests in complex food allergy problems. Effective August 5, l985, cytotoxic leukocyte tests for food allergies are excluded from Medicare coverage because available evidence does not show that these tests are safe and effective. This exclusion was published as a CMS Ruling in the "Federal Register" on July 5, l985.

Transmittal Information

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Revision History

11/1985 - Stated that cytotoxic leukocyte testing for food allergies not covered. Effective date 08/05/1985. (TN 1)

Additional Information

Other Versions
Title Version Effective Between
Cytotoxic Food Tests 1 08/05/1985 - N/A You are here