Change to OPPS Allow Payment for 33249

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently identified that an update to the Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) is necessary to allow payment for CPT® code 33249 Insertion or replacement of permanent pacing cardioverter-defibrillator system with transvenous lead(s), single or dual chamber. CMS is asking contractors to hold claims containing 33249 until the I/OCE is updated. Held claims should be released on or about Feb. 6, the agency says.

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For more information about 2012 corrections to the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), see “CMS Issues Corrections to ’12 OPPS” in Edgeblast 189 and AAPC Industry News.

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