LCD Revisions Summary for July 13, 2023

Outlined below are the principal changes to the DME MAC Local Coverage Determination (LCD) that has been revised and posted. The policy included is Pneumatic Compression Devices. Please review the entire LCD and related Policy Article (PA) for complete information.

Pneumatic Compression Devices


Revision Effective Date: 06/07/2022
Removed: "At the end of the four-week trial, if there has been improvement, then reimbursement for a PCD is not justified. Where improvement has occurred, the trial of conservative therapy must be continued with subsequent reassessment at intervals at least a week apart. Only when no significant improvement has occurred in the most recent four weeks and the coverage criteria above are still met, may the lymphedema be considered unresponsive to conservative therapy, and coverage for a PCD considered."
Removed: "At a minimum, re-assessments conducted for a trial must include detailed measurements, obtained in the same manner and with reference to the same anatomic landmarks, prior to and at the conclusion of the various trials and therapy, with bilateral comparisons where appropriate."

07/13/2023: Pursuant to the 21st Century Cures Act, these revisions do not require notice and comment because they are due to non-discretionary coverage updates based on CMS direction as a result of the United States District Court, District of Columbia decision in Greenwald v. Becerra (Decided June 7, 2022)

Note: The information contained in this article is only a summary of revisions to the LCDs and/or PAs. For complete information on any topic, you must review the LCDs and/or PAs.

With the update(s) listed above, Noridian would like to remind users how to find the policy that was previously effective. When billing, the supplier should follow guidance that was effective on the date of service. The below steps can be followed to find all previous policies:

  1. Open the currently effective policy on the Medical Coverage Database (MCD)
    1. Links to the MCD can be found on the Active LCDs page on the Noridian website
      1. There is a link at the top of the Active LCD page that goes to a full list of the LCDs or PAs, depending on which link is selected OR
      2. There are direct links to all LCDs under the ‘LCD ID number and Effective Date’ column
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the policy
  3. Find the section labeled Public Version(s)
  4. Look for the link to the policy that was effective on the dates of service in question.
  5. Click on hyperlink to go to the policy.


Last Updated Jul 13 , 2023