Medicare Program; Public Meeting for New Revisions to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Coding-November 28-30, 2023

Published date18 October 2023
Record Number2023-22953
Citation88 FR 71868
CourtCenters For Medicare & Medicaid Services
SectionNotices
Federal Register, Volume 88 Issue 200 (Wednesday, October 18, 2023)
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 200 (Wednesday, October 18, 2023)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 71868-71869]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2023-22953]
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                DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
                Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
                [CMS-1815-N]
                Medicare Program; Public Meeting for New Revisions to the
                Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Coding--November 28-
                30, 2023
                AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Health and
                Human Services.
                ACTION: Notice.
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                SUMMARY: This notice announces the dates and times of the virtual
                Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) public meeting to be
                held November 28, 2023 through November 30, 2023 to discuss our
                preliminary coding, Medicare benefit category, and payment
                determinations for new revisions to the HCPCS Level II code set for
                non-drug and non-biological products, as well as how to register for
                those meetings.
                DATES: Virtual Meeting Dates: Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 9 a.m. to 5
                p.m., eastern standard time (EST); Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 9 a.m.
                to 5 p.m., EST; and Thursday, November 30, 2023, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST.
                ADDRESSES: Virtual Meeting Location: The HCPCS public meetings will be
                held virtually via Zoom only.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sundus Ashar, (410) 786-0750,
                [email protected], or [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                I. Background
                 On December 21, 2000, Congress enacted the Medicare, Medicaid, and
                the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Benefits Improvement and
                Protection Act of 2000 (BIPA) (Pub. L. 106-554). Section 531(b) of BIPA
                mandated that the Secretary establish procedures that permit public
                consultation for coding and payment determinations for new durable
                medical equipment (DME) under Medicare Part B of title XVIII of the
                Social Security Act (the Act). In the November 23, 2001 Federal
                Register (66 FR 58743), we published a notice providing information
                regarding the establishment of the annual public meeting process for
                DME.
                 In 2020, we implemented changes to our HCPCS coding procedures,
                including the establishment of quarterly coding cycles for drugs and
                biological products and biannual coding cycles for non-drug and non-
                biological items and services.
                 In the December 28, 2021 Federal Register (86 FR 73860), we
                published a final rule that established procedures for making Medicare
                benefit category and payment determinations for new items and services
                that are DME, prosthetic devices, orthotics and prosthetics,
                therapeutic shoes and inserts, surgical dressings, or splints, casts,
                and other devices used for reductions of fractures and dislocations
                under Medicare Part B.
                II. Public Meeting Agendas
                 Prior to registering to attend a virtual public meeting, all
                potential participants and other stakeholders are advised to review the
                public meeting agendas at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenInfo/HCPCSPublicMeetings which identify our preliminary
                coding, Medicare benefit category, and payment determinations, and the
                date each item will be discussed. In establishing the public meeting
                agendas, we may group multiple, related code applications under the
                same agenda item.
                III. Virtual Meeting Registration
                 The November 28, 2023 through November 30, 2023 HCPCS public
                meetings will be virtual and available for remote audio attendance and
                participation only via Zoom. The registration link will be posted in
                the Guidelines for Participation in HCPCS Public Meetings document on
                the CMS website at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenInfo/HCPCSPublicMeetings and in an announcement on the HCPCS General
                Information page at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenInfo. The same website also contains detailed information on
                how attendees can join the virtual public meetings using Zoom,
                including dial-in information. All individuals who plan to speak (15 or
                5 minutes) at the virtual public meetings must register to attend. All
                other attendees can access the virtual public meeting through the Zoom
                link which will be posted on the HCPCS website after the speaker
                registration closes on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. Attendees can attend
                more than one day of the public meeting.
                A. Required Information for Registration
                 The following information must be provided when registering to be a
                speaker:
                 Name;
                 Company name (if applicable);
                 Email address;
                 Any special assistance requests (will be considered if the
                registration is submitted by 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, November 14, 2023);
                 Whether the registrant is a primary speaker or a 5-minute
                speaker for an agenda item;
                 Agenda item and Application number;
                 Whether the primary speaker will use a PowerPoint
                presentation; and
                 Whether the registrant will participate in a practice Zoom
                session, to be held on Monday, November 27, 2023.
                B. Speakers and Attendees
                1. Primary Speakers
                 Each applicant that submitted a HCPCS code application that will be
                discussed at the virtual public meetings is permitted to designate a
                primary speaker. Fifteen minutes is the total time interval for a
                primary speaker per agenda item. The deadline for primary speakers to
                register and submit any supporting PowerPoint presentation is 5 p.m.,
                EST, Tuesday, November 14, 2023. We will accept PowerPoint
                presentations if those materials are emailed to: [email protected] by
                the stated deadline. Due to the timeframe needed for the planning and
                coordination of the HCPCS virtual public meetings, materials that are
                not submitted in accordance with this deadline cannot be accommodated.
                 All PowerPoint presentation materials must not exceed 10 slides and
                should be
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                in PowerPoint presentation format, not PDF. We will not play videos or
                animations during the public meeting sessions and request the speakers
                to exclude these materials from their PowerPoint presentation and
                instead submit any relevant video or animation materials along with the
                written comments. We request the speakers to ensure that the
                presentation does not include any inappropriate content before
                submission.
                 Every primary speaker must declare at the beginning of their
                presentation at the meeting, as well as in their written summary,
                whether they have any financial involvement with the manufacturer of
                the item that is the subject of the HCPCS application that the primary
                speaker presented, or any competitors of that manufacturer with respect
                to the item. This includes any payment, salary, remuneration, or
                benefit provided to that speaker by the applicant.
                2. 5-Minute Speakers
                 Any individual related to the public meeting agenda item, including
                but not limited to, an employee, stakeholder, competitor, insurer,
                public consumer, etc., may register and speak as a 5-minute speaker.
                The deadline for registering to be a 5-minute speaker is 5 p.m., EST,
                Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
                 Every 5-minute speaker must declare at the beginning of their
                presentation at the meeting, as well as in their written summary,
                whether they have any financial involvement with the manufacturer of
                the item that is the subject of the HCPCS code application or agenda
                item that the 5-minute speaker presented, or any competitors of that
                manufacturer with respect to the item. This includes any payment,
                salary, remuneration, or benefit provided to that speaker by the
                applicant. We will not accept any other written materials, outside of
                the written comments, from a 5-minute speaker.
                3. All Other Attendees
                 All individuals who plan to attend the virtual public meetings to
                listen and do not plan to speak, may access the virtual public meeting
                using the Zoom link posted on the HCPCS website at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenInfo after the speaker registration closes
                on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
                 Individuals who require special assistance must register and
                request special assistance services by 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, November
                14, 2023.
                IV. Written Comments
                 The primary and 5-minute speaker(s) must email a brief, written
                summary (one paragraph) of their comments and conclusions. Written
                comments from anyone, including the primary and 5-minute speaker(s),
                will only be accepted when emailed to: [email protected] before 5 p.m.,
                EST on the date of the virtual public meeting at which the HCPCS code
                application that is the subject of the comments is discussed.
                V. Additional Information
                 The HCPCS section of the CMS website also includes details
                regarding the public meeting process for new revisions to the HCPCS
                code set, including information on how to join the meeting remotely,
                and guidelines for an effective presentation. The HCPCS section of the
                CMS website also contains a document titled ``Healthcare Common
                Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II Coding Procedures,'' which is
                a description of the HCPCS coding process, including a detailed
                explanation of the procedures CMS uses to make HCPCS coding
                determinations.
                 When CMS refers to HCPCS code or HCPCS coding application above,
                CMS may also be referring to circumstances when a HCPCS code has
                already been issued, but a Medicare benefit category and/or payment has
                not been determined. CMS is working diligently to address Medicare
                benefit category and payment determinations for new items and services
                that may be DME, prosthetic devices, orthotics and prosthetics,
                therapeutic shoes and inserts, surgical dressings, or splints, casts,
                and other devices used for reductions of fractures and dislocations
                under Medicare Part B. Please check the CMS website listed above for
                the final agenda.
                VI. Collection of Information Requirements
                 This document does not impose information collection requirements,
                that is, reporting, recordkeeping or third-party disclosure
                requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office
                of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction
                Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).
                 The Administrator of CMS, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, having reviewed
                and approved this document, authorizes Chyana Woodyard, who is the
                Federal Register Liaison, to electronically sign this document for
                purposes of publication in the Federal Register.
                Chyana Woodyard,
                Federal Register Liaison, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
                [FR Doc. 2023-22953 Filed 10-17-23; 8:45 am]
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