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CMS adds 17 new procedures to the ASC payable list

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released 17 new ASC payable codes along with the 2016 ASC payment rule, according to an ASCA report.

The new codes for the ASC payable list include:
1. Lumbar spine proces distrac: 0171T
2. Lumbar spine process add: 0172T (0172T)
3. Vasc embolize/occlude venous: 37241
4. Vasc embolize/occlude artery: 37242
5. Vasc embolize/occlude organ: 37243
6. Image cath fluid peri/retro: 49406
7. Closure of vagina: 57120
8. Repair urethrovaginal lesion: 57310
9. Vaginal hysterectomy: 58260
10. Vag hyst including t/o: 58262
11. Lsh uterus above 250: 58544
12. Laparo-vag hyst complex: 58553
13. Laparo-vag hyst w/t/o compl: 58554
14. Tlh w/t/o uterus over 250: 58573
15. Remove spine lamina 1 thr: 63046
16. Decompress spinal cord thc: 63055
ASCA representatives spent time advocating for all the new codes, and six additional codes were added since the proposed rule.

"ASCA always appreciates any additions to the ASC procedure list, but we believe that there are hundreds of additional procedures that ASCs could be safely providing to Medicare beneficiaries," said ASCA CEO Bill Prentice. "Allowing ASCs to perform more outpatient procedures would increase access to care for those served by the Medicare program while also saving the system billions of dollars over time."

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