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    Question Waste from Drugs?

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    I would really appreciate help with Infusion drup billing.

    How would you bill if you have a Medicare patient using 300mg of a drug but the drug comes in 500mg vial? (The HCPCS code is billed by 1mg)

    Do you only bill 300units for the 300mg you used?
    Can you bill also for the waste?

    Any help would be very helpful! New to infusion billing.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    San Antonio, Tx


    If the drug comes in a 500mg "single" dose vial and you only use 300mg then you would bill the drug (example J9035) as such: J9035 (qty) 300mg and then J9035 JW (qty) 200mg. If the drug comes in a "multi" dose vial, then there is not likely to be wasteage.
    Ray Galvez CPC

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    Thanks Ray! This helps alot.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    North Carolina


    This is the only reference I could locate from CMS......

    40 - Discarded Drugs and Biologicals
    (Rev. 1478, Issued: 03-14-08 Effective: 01-01-08; Implementation: 04-14-08)
    The CMS encourages physicians, hospitals and other providers to schedule patients in such a way that they can use drugs or biologicals most efficiently, in a clinically appropriate manner. However, if a physician, hospital or other provider must discard the remainder of a single use vial or other single use package after administering a dose/quantity of the drug or biological to a Medicare patient, the program provides payment for the amount of drug or biological discarded along with the amount administered, up to the amount of the drug or biological as indicated on the vial or package label.
    When processing all drugs except those provided under the Competitive Acquisition Program for Part B drugs and biologicals (CAP), local contractors may require the use of the modifier JW to identify unused drug or biologicals from single use vials or single use packages that are appropriately discarded. This modifier will provide payment for the discarded drug or biological. The JW modifier is not used on claims for CAP drugs.
    For CAP drugs, please see subsection 100.2.9 - Submission of Claims With the Modifier JW, “Drug or Biological Amount Discarded/Not Administered to Any Patient”, for additional discussion of the discarded remainder of a vial or other packaged drug or biological in the CAP.
    NOTE: Multi-use vials are not subject to payment for discarded amounts of drug or biological.
    EXAMPLE 1:
    A provider schedules three Medicare patients to receive Botulinum Toxin Type A on the same day within the designated shelf life of the product. Currently, Botox is available only in a 100-unit size. Once Botox is reconstituted, it has a shelf life of only four hours. Often, a patient receives less than a 100 unit dose. The provider administers 30 units to each of the three patients. The remaining 10 units that must be discarded are billed to Medicare on the account of the last patient. Therefore, 30 units are billed on behalf of the first patient seen and 30 units are billed on behalf of the second patient seen. Forty units are billed on behalf of the last patient seen because the provider had to discard 10 units at that point.
    EXAMPLE 2:
    A provider administers 15 units of Botulinum Toxin Type A to a Medicare patient, and it is not practical to schedule another patient who requires Botulinum Toxin. The remaining 85 units are discarded. For example, the provider may have only one patient who requires Botulinum Toxin, or the patient requiring treatment may be previously unknown to the provider, thereby precluding consideration of the treatment modality in scheduling the new patient. The provider bills for 100 units on behalf of the patient and Medicare pays for 100 units


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    Thanks Rebecca!

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