General Compliance Question of the Week

General Question for the Week of October 11, 2021


We are adjusting off quite a few computed tomography (CT) scans that are performed to follow up a cancer diagnosis after treatment is complete. Our state’s local coverage determination (LCD) covers the cancer diagnosis code but does not cover the “history of” the specific cancer nor does it cover Z08 for completion of treatment. Is there any compliant way around this denial? For instance, can we bill the cancer diagnosis that is covered even though the report states no evidence of recurrence or metastasis?