General Question for the Week of April 10, 2017


Is there a cost to the hospital if an implantable device that originally cost $20,000 fails and is replaced by a device that costs $16,000 and for which the manufacturer gives a credit of $16,000?


Detailed information about reporting and charging requirements when a device is furnished without cost to the hospital or when the hospital receives a full or partial credit for the replacement device can be found in the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, chapter 4, section 61.3.5 and 61.3.6 at This policy took effect on January 1, 2014.

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