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The MAC is proposing an LCD for vertebral augmentation procedures. The controversy over the vertebral augmentation procedures kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty continues with a just-released proposed Local Coverage Determination (LCD) from Noridian, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). In this LCD, for which comments are now being accepted, Noridian is proposing to…
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Tales abound regarding contractors’ errors negatively impacting providers.  If you read my previous article on the audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) on billing of services by acute-care hospitals that were provided to patients who were inpatients at another facility,…