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CMS Releases Preliminary Code Decisions for Drugs, Biologicals and Radiopharmaceuticals

Stuart M. Langbein

Stuart M. Langbein,

Washington, D.C.

16 April 2013
Today, CMS released preliminary Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code decisions for drug, biological and radiopharmaceutical products that will be discussed at a May 8, 2013 public meeting.  The release addresses 30 different agenda items and, for each application, CMS describes the request and offers its preliminary decision.  Applicants may submit a response to the preliminary decision and designate a Primary Speaker to address the preliminary decision at the upcoming meeting.  According to the Federal Register notice announcing the May 8, 2013 public meeting, the deadline for registering to be a Primary Speaker and submitting materials to support such a presentation is April 24, 2013.  CMS also released guidelines for participating in a HCPCS public meeting that interested parties may want to review. 

After the public meeting is held, CMS will consider the submissions and statements made at the public meeting.  Final decisions are typically released on or about November 1.

Stuart M. Langbein

Stuart M. Langbein,

Washington, D.C.

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