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New COVID-19 Treatments Add-On Payment (NCTAP)

Instructions for Coding for NCTAP

Final

Issued by: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS issued an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period that established the New COVID-19 Treatments Add-on Payment (NCTAP) under the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). The NCTAP, designed to mitigate potential financial disincentives for hospitals to provide new COVID-19 treatments, is effective from November 2, 2020, until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). 

Through the NCTAP, the Medicare Program will provide an enhanced payment for eligible inpatient cases that use certain new products with current FDA approval or emergency use authorization (EUA) to treat COVID-19, including the following:

For eligible cases, the NCTAP is equal to the lesser of these:

Coding for NCTAP

NCTAP claims are those that are eligible for the 20% add-on payment under Section 3710 of the CARES Act. Eligible claims have both of the following:

  • ICD-10-CM diagnosis code U07.1 (COVID-19)
  • ICD-10-PCS codes for remdesivir (Veklury), COVID-19 convalescent plasma, or baricitinib (Olumiant) in combination with remdesivir, as described below

Codes for Remdesivir or COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma for Hospital Discharges on or after November 2, 2020

ICD-10-PCS CodeDescription
XW033E5Introduction of remdesivir anti-infective into peripheral vein, percutaneous approach, new technology group 5
XW043E5Introduction of remdesivir anti-infective into central vein, percutaneous approach, new technology group 5
XW13325Transfusion of convalescent plasma (nonautologous) into peripheral vein, percutaneous approach, new technology group 5
XW14325Transfusion of convalescent plasma (nonautologous) into central vein, percutaneous approach, new technology group 5

 

Codes for Baricitinib for Hospital Discharges between November 19, 2020 and December 31, 2020*

ICD-10-PCS CodeDescription
XW0DXF5Introduction of other new technology therapeutic substance into mouth and pharynx, external approach, new technology group 5
3E0G7GCIntroduction of other therapeutic substance into upper G.I. via natural or artificial opening
3E0H7GCIntroduction of other therapeutic substance into lower G.I. via natural or artificial opening

*In accordance with the EUA, providers should administer baricitinib with remdesivir. Claims should also include the code for remdesivir (XW033E5 or XW043E5).

 

Codes for Baricitinib for Hospital Discharges on or after January 01, 2021 through the End of the COVID-19 PHE*

ICD-10-PCS CodeDescription
XW0DXM6Introduction of baricitinib into mouth and pharynx, external approach, new technology group 6
XW0G7M6Introduction of baricitinib into upper GI, via natural or artificial opening, new technology group 6
XW0H7M6Introduction of baricitinib into lower GI, via natural or artificial opening, new technology group 6

*In accordance with the EUA, providers should administer baricitinib with remdesivir. Claims should also include the code for remdesivir (XW033E5 or XW043E5).

Hospitals should report the ICD-10-PCS code(s) for all products administered during the stay, even if the hospital got the product for free. Hospitals shouldn’t report charges for products they got for free.

Note:
A hospital shouldn't seek additional payment on the claim for drugs or biologicals to treat patients with known or suspected COVID-19 that the government purchased or provided for free. See the CMS Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Pub. 100-04, Chapter 32, Section 67 (PDF).

 

For more information on COVID-19 diagnosis and procedure codes, visit the “Latest News” section of the MS-DRG Classifications and Software webpage.

You can also review our COVID-19 FAQs (PDF), which include information on NCTAP and our implementation of Section 3710 of the CARES Act.

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