Released on Jul 21, 2020

New Medicare Pass-Through Code for Single-Use Endoscopes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new device pass-through code (C1748) for single-use endoscopes, for example the EXALT™ Model D Single-Use Duodenoscope. This code is specific to the single-use technology and not the specific model.
C1748 - Endoscope, single-use (i.e. disposable), upper GI, imaging/illumination device (insertable)
Beginning July 1, 2020, hospitals may use C1748 to bill single-use upper GI endoscopes when used in the treatment of Medicare patients in the hospital outpatient setting for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures. This device-specific payment is in addition to the payment for the following ERCP procedures:















What is the reimbursement?
It is important to note that Medicare does not set specific payments for pass-through codes. As per federal regulation, pass-through device payment is the hospital's charge for the device, adjusted to the actual cost for the device, minus the amount included in the APC payment amount for the device, located in Table 9 of CMS Transmittal 10166 for C1748.

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