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TRICARE Reimbursement Manual 6010.61-M, April 1, 2015
General
Chapter 1
Addendum D
Maximum Allowable Charge For Breastfeeding Supplies
Revision:  C-34, March 12, 2019
1.0  APPLICABILITY
This policy is mandatory for reimbursement of services provided by either network or non-network providers. However, alternative network reimbursement methodologies are permitted when approved by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and specifically included in the network provider agreement.
2.0  DESCRIPTION
This addendum provides the payment amounts and procedures for reimbursing breastfeeding supplies for which Medicare does not have an established fee schedule rate, in accordance with the procedures established in 32 CFR 199.14(j)(1). For network providers, the contractor may negotiate rates that would be less than the rates established under this addendum, in accordance with contractual agreements.
3.0  POLICY
For coverage policy and allowable limits on breast pumps, breast pump supplies, and breastfeeding counseling, see the TRICARE Policy Manual (TPM), Chapter 8, Section 2.6. Effective for service dates on or after July 5, 2018, the maximum allowable charge is limited to the lower of the billed charge, negotiated rate, or the national prevailing charge, as established by this Addendum.
4.0  REIMBURSEMENT
4.1  Effective for service dates on or after July 5, 2018, for breastfeeding supplies that have a specific Health Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code:
4.1.1  The national prevailing charge was calculated by using the 80th percentile of all the billed charges during the 12 month period ending June 30, 2017. In the process of calculating the national prevailing charge, outliers were removed that were above an upper limit threshold of what the Government established to be “customary and reasonable”, in accordance with 32 CFR 199.9 definitions of abusive and excessive charges.
4.1.2  The national prevailing charge for these items are in Figure 1.D-1 and TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP) Figure 1.D-2. To account for local currency, exchange rate fluctuation, limits on availability, shipping, and other considerations, for claims that are processed under the TOP the national prevailing charge for the electric breast pump (HCPCS E0603) is $500 and twice the rate established for the other supplies. The TOP rates shall only apply to items that are purchased overseas (all locations outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia) and received from an overseas supplier. Suppliers located in the United States who ship overseas shall be limited to the rates in Figure 1.D-1.
Figure 1.D-1  National Prevailing Charge For Breastfeeding Supplies With A Specific HCPCS Code For Service Dates On Or After July 5, 2018
HCPCS CODE
DESCRIPTION
RATE PER UNIT
A4281
Tubing for breast pump
$10.00
A4282
Adapter for breast pump
$19.09
A4283
Cap for breast pump bottle
$2.00
A4284
Breast shield and splash protector
$9.99
A4285
Polycarbonate bottle
$3.00
A4286
Locking ring
$1.50
E0602
Manual breast pump purchase
Refer to the CMS DMEPOS fee schedule
E0603
Electric breast pump purchase
$312.50
E0604
Hospital grade breast pump purchase
$1,500.00
Figure 1.D-2  TOP National Prevailing Charge For Breastfeeding Supplies With A Specific HCPCS Code For Service Dates On Or After July 5, 2018
HCPCS CODE
DESCRIPTION
RATE PER UNIT
A4281
Tubing for breast pump
$20.00
A4282
Adapter for breast pump
$38.18
A4283
Cap for breast pump bottle
$4.00
A4284
Breast shield and splash protector
$19.98
A4285
Polycarbonate bottle
$6.00
A4286
Locking ring
$3.00
E0602
Manual breast pump purchase
Contact International SOS
E0603
Electric breast pump purchase
$500.00
E0604
Hospital grade breast pump purchase
$3,000.00
Note:  Hospital grade breast pumps may be provided on a rental or purchase basis. As of 2018, market research has shown the average rental rate for a hospital pump is $70 (and $140 under the TOP). Therefore, any charges that are significantly higher from these amounts for the rental of HCPCS code E0604 shall be evaluated for excessive and abusive charges. Coverage shall be based on the price most advantageous to the government in accordance with 32 CFR 199.4(d)(3)(ii)(D).
4.1.3  Updates to the national prevailing charge will occur annually, and they will be adjusted by the same update factor used to update the annual CHAMPUS Maximum Allowable Charge (CMAC) file. These rates shall not be wage adjusted for localities.
4.1.4  Effective with the 2019 CMAC update and subsequent updates, the updated rates for these items will be in the annual CMAC file that is supplied to the contractors by the DHA. The annual update usually takes place February 1. However, circumstances may cause the updates to be delayed. Contractors will be notified when the annual update is delayed.
4.1.5  Future pricing will not be published in this manual, since the rates will be updated and made available at https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Business-Support/Rates-and-Reimbursement/Durable-Medical-Equipment-Prosthetics-Orthotics-and-Supplies.
4.2  Effective for service dates on or after July 5, 2018, for breastfeeding supplies that do not have a specific HCPCS code:
4.2.1  The national prevailing charge was set at the upper limit of what the Government has established as a “customary and reasonable” charge, in accordance with the definitions of abusive and excessive billing practices found in 32 CFR 199.9.
4.2.2  The national prevailing charge for these items are in Figure 1.D-3 and TOP Figure 1.D-4. The TOP rates shall only apply to items that are purchased overseas (all locations outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia) and received from an overseas supplier. Suppliers located in the United States who ship overseas shall be limited to rates in Figure 1.D-3.
Figure 1.D-3  National Prevailing Charge For Breastfeeding Supplies Without A Specific HCPCS Code For Service Dates On Or After July 5, 2018
HCPCS CODE
DESCRIPTION
RATE PER UNIT
N/A
Valves
$15.00
N/A
Breast milk storage bags
$0.20
N/A
Nipple shields
$7.50
N/A
Supplemental Nursing Systems (SNS)
$75.00
Figure 1.D-4  TOP National Prevailing Charge For Breastfeeding Supplies Without A Specific HCPCS Code For Service Dates On Or After July 5, 2018
HCPCS CODE
DESCRIPTION
RATE PER UNIT
N/A
Valves
$30.00
N/A
Breast milk storage bags
$0.40
N/A
Nipple shields
$15.00
N/A
Supplemental Nursing Systems (SNS)
$150.00
4.2.3  Updates to the national prevailing charge will occur annually, and they will be adjusted by the same update factor used to update the annual CMAC file. These rates shall not be wage adjusted for localities.
4.2.4  Updated rates for these items will not be in the annual CMAC file that is supplied to the contractors.
4.2.5  Future pricing will not be published in this manual since the rates will be updated and made available at https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Business-Support/Rates-and-Reimbursement/Durable-Medical-Equipment-Prosthetics-Orthotics-and-Supplies.
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