LCD ID Number: L35906 Status: A-Approved
LCD Title: Somatosensory Testing
Geographic Jurisdiction: Kentucky Other Jurisdictions
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CMS National Coverage Policy:
Language quoted from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (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 Local Coverage Determination (LCD) Review Process (42 CFR 405.860[b] and 42 CFR 426 [Subpart D]). In addition, an administrative law judge may not review an NCD. See Section 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 (SSA):
Section 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.
Section 1833(e) prohibits Medicare payment for any claim which lacks the necessary
information to process the claim.
Code of Federal Regulations:
42 CFR, Section 410.32, indicates that diagnostic tests may only be ordered by the treating physician (or other treating practitioner acting within the scope of his or her license and Medicare requirements) who furnishes a consultation or treats a beneficiary for a specific
medical problem and who uses the results in the management of the beneficiary's specific medical problem. Tests not ordered by the physician (or other qualified non-physician provider) who is treating the beneficiary are not reasonable and necessary (see Sec. 411.15(k)(1) of this chapter).
CMS Publication 100-02, Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 15:
80 Requirements for Diagnostic X-Ray, Diagnostic Laboratory, and Other Diagnostic Tests
CMS Publication 100-03, Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual,Chapter 1, Part 2:
160.23 Sensory Nerve Conduction Threshold Tests (sNCTs)
CMS Publication 100-04, Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 23:
10.1-10.1.7 ICD-9-CM Coding for Diagnostic Tests
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