Medicare does not pay for implants in the ASC with the exception of very few codes. The hardware that you are referring to is the pass through code C1713. This code is payable in the hospital setting only.
While I agree with your manager they are implants. Medicare at this time considers them part of the service performed and included in your reimbursement. I was hopping that with the coming of APC's in the ASC world we would get implants. Only to find out, this is still just a dream. Even with the new payment method coming, Medicare still will not pay for hardware implants such as k-wires, plates, screws, nails, or anchors.
This was discuss on the grassroots national forum with Medicare back in September when they had open floor discussion about the APC payments.
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