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.

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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