Policies (LCDs and NCDs)
A Local Coverage Determination (LCD) is a decision by a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) whether to cover a particular service on a MAC-wide, basis. The LCDs are located on the CMS website in a Medicare Coverage Database (MCD).
National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) are developed by CMS to describe the circumstances for Medicare coverage nationwide for a specific medical service procedure or device.
An LCD is a decision by a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) whether to cover a particular service on a MAC-wide, basis. The LCDs are located on the CMS website in a Medicare Coverage Database (MCD).
Medicare contractors post articles into the Medicare Coverage Database (MCD). Articles address local coverage, coding or medical review related billing and claims considerations, and may include any newly developed educational materials, coding instructions or clarification of existing medical review related billing or claims policy.
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An NCD is a national policy granting, limiting or excluding Medicare coverage for a specific medical item or service. These are developed and published by CMS and apply to all states. NCDs are made through an evidence-based process, with opportunities for public participation. In rare instances, if there is contradicting information in the NCD and LCD, the NCD overrides the LCD.
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