Pharmacy Question for the Week of November 26, 2018


Our cancer center sees a lot of patients with a diagnosis of anemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD). These patients come to the cancer center for Procrit injections. We want to verify if it is appropriate to bill J0885 for the Procrit and a diagnosis code of D63.1 (anemia in CKD) along with the CKD. We were told that only a nephrologist should bill D63.1 along with the J0885. There is no mention of this in national coverage determination (NCD) policy 110.21 (ESAs in cancer and related neoplastic conditions). Please verify if this information is correct.


Neither NCD policy 110.21 nor the Medicare Claims Processing Manual (sections 80.8–80.12) contain information specific to physician specialty. Institutional and outpatient providers may bill ICD-10-CM diagnosis code D63.1 with an applicable CKD diagnosis code when documentation is present in the medical record. Per coding guidelines, the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) require the CKD diagnosis to be listed first with the anemia diagnosis code listed secondarily.

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