Friday, September 16, 2016

Usage of JW modifers

Change in policy regarding the use of the JW modifier for discarded Part B drugs and biologicals.

Effective January 1, 2017, 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


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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