Wednesday, May 25, 2016

how to use JW modifier

Effective July 1, 2016, providers are required to:


• Use the JW modifier for claims with unused drugs or biologicals from single use vials or single use packages that are appropriately discarded (except those provided
under the Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP) for Part B drugs and biologicals) and

• Document the discarded drug or biological in the patient's medical record when submitting claims with unused Part B drugs or biologicals from single use vials or
single use packages that are appropriately discarded Make sure that your billing staffs are aware of these changes. Remember that the JW modifier is not used on claims for CAP drugs and biologicals

The “Medicare Claims Processing Manual,” Chapter 17, Section 40 provides policy detailing the use of the JW modifier for discarded Part B drugs and biologicals. The current policy allows MACs the discretion to determine whether to require the JW modifier for any claims with discarded drugs or biologicals, and the specific details regarding how the discarded drug or biological information should be documented.


Be aware in order to more effectively identify and monitor billing and payment for discarded drugs and biologicals, CMS is revising this policy to require the uniform use of the JW modifier for all claims with discarded Part B drugs and biologicals

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