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DATE: July 31, 2003

Coding clarification issued for Miami J Cervical Collar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently informed the manufacturer, Jerome Medical, in a letter dated July 8,2003,

"It is our determination that the Miami J Cervical Collar meets the characteristics and description of the HCPCS code for a cervical collar with thoracic extension. Therefore the correct Medicare billing code for this product is L0174 Cervical collar, semi-rigid, thermoplastic foam, two piece with thoracic extension."

Jerome Medical requested the clarification from Palmetto GBA after an Orthotist noted his view to a Jerome employee that the sternal pad qualified for the L0174, rather than the Philadelphia-type collars which are coded under L0150 or L0172. The Miami J Cervical Collar is the only device which meets the requirements of L0174.

Technical questions regarding the Miami J Cervical Collar may be directed to Jeff Green, SPS' Manager of Technical Service at (800) 767-7776 ext 141. For ordering information, please call Molly Taylor today at SPS (800) 767-7776 Ext. 245 and learn how these products can benefit your customers.

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