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Neurosurgery Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Get Ready for LCD Updates

Question: One of my colleagues said that Medicare is changing LCDs to eliminate ICD-10 codes. Do we still need to list a diagnosis to show medical necessity for procedures and services? Ohio Subscriber Answer: CMS’s change to Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) does not release you from documenting medical necessity for any medical procedure. Instead, this change involves the process for creating and presenting LCDs. [...]