National Coverage Determination (NCD)

Challenge Ingestion Food Testing


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Tracking Information

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Challenge Ingestion Food Testing
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Description Information

Benefit Category
Diagnostic Tests (other)

Please Note: This may not be an exhaustive list of all applicable Medicare benefit categories for this item or service.

Item/Service Description

Challenge ingestion food testing is a safe and effective technique in the diagnosis of food allergies.

Indications and Limitations of Coverage

This procedure is covered when it is used on an outpatient basis if it is reasonable and necessary for the individual patient.

Challenge ingestion food testing has not been proven to be effective in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, depression, or respiratory disorders. Accordingly, its use in the diagnosis of these conditions is not reasonable and necessary within the meaning of section 1862(a)(1) of the Act, and no program payment is made for this procedure when it is so used.

Additional Information

Other Versions
Title Version Effective Between
Challenge Ingestion Food Testing 1 08/01/1978 - N/A You are here