DME MACs Issue Bulletin on Lithium Battery Coding

The Medicare DME MACs have issued a bulletin in response to what they say is "confusion on the part of DMEPOS suppliers regarding the proper billing of lithium batteries."

The bulletin noted that many providers are confusing lithium batteries, which are disposable and non-rechargeable, with lithium ion batteries, which are rechargeable.

The bulletin also listed the correct codes for lithium batteries:

E2397: Power wheelchair accessory, lithium-based battery, each

A4235: Replacement battery, lithium, for use with home blood glucose monitors owned by beneficiaries

A4601: Lithium ion battery for non-prosthetic use, replacement

K0604: Replacement battery for external infusion pump owned by beneficiary, lithium, 3.6-volt, each

K0605: Replacement battery for external infusion pump owned by beneficiary, lithium, 4.5-volt, each

L7367: Lithium ion battery, replacement

Providers with questions can contact the PDAC Contact Center at (877) 735-1326.

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