LCD ID Number: L34209 Status: A-Approved
LCD Title: Treatment of Varicose Veins of the Lower Extremities
Geographic Jurisdiction: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands Other Jurisdictions
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CMS National Coverage Policy:
Language quoted from CMS National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) and coverage provisions in interpretive manuals is italicized throughout the policy. NCDs and coverage provisions in interpretive manuals are not subject to the LCD Review Process (42 CFR 405.860[b] and 42 CFR 426 [Subpart D]). In addition, an administrative law judge may not review a NCD. See §1869(f)(1)(A)(i) of the Social Security Act.
Unless otherwise specified, italicized text represents quotation from one or more of the following CMS sources:
Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, §1862(a)(1)(A) excludes expenses incurred for items or services which are not reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury or to improve the functioning of a malformed body member.
Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, §1833(e) prohibits Medicare payment for any claim which lacks the necessary information to process the claim.
CMS Manual System, Pub 100-08, Medicare Program Integrity Manual, Chapter 13, §13.5.1 indicates services will be considered medically reasonable and necessary only if ordered and furnished by appropriately trained personnel.
This training and expertise must have been acquired within the framework of an accredited residency and/or fellowship program in the applicable specialty/subspecialty or must reflect extensive continued medical education activities. If these skills have been acquired by way of continued medical education, the courses must be comprehensive, offered or sponsored or endorsed by an academic institution in the United States and/or by the applicable specialty/subspecialty society in the United States, and designated by the American Medical Association (AMA) as Category 1 Credit.
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