Author Archives: Laura Benson

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Code Updates: Update – New Q-Code Effective October 1, 2018 and July 12, 2018 Reminder – New C-Codes for Hospital OPPS use Effective October 1, 2018  CMS News: Medicare Influenza Vaccine Pricing 2018-2019 Season NEW Influenza CPT® Code 90689 Effective January 1, 2019  Drug Reimbursement Code Price Updates  Drugs/Devices: New Clinical and […]

FDA Approval: 9/14/18 Migraine is a debilitating disorder that affects millions of people in the United States. Migraine can affect individuals in a way that deprives them of their normal, daily activities, and often results in pain, physical impairment, lost productivity, and increased financial cost. Fremanezumab-vfrm, developed by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., is a fully […]

FDA Approval: 9/13/2018 Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a rare, slow-growing cancer of the blood in which the bone marrow produces too many abnormal B cells or lymphocytes. This compromises the bone marrow’s ability to produce healthy blood cells and platelets. Patients with HCL may experience enlargement of the spleen, increased susceptibility to life-threatening conditions […]

Familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP, also called transthyretin amyloidosis) is a hereditary neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by the accumulation and deposition of the transthyretin protein (TTR) in the tissues and peripheral nervous system, and often causes pain, muscle weakness, and autonomic dysfunction. Eventually, the disease progresses into a sensory and motor polyneuropathy. Currently, the mainstay […]

FDA Approval: 8/23/2018 Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a disease characterized by recurrent and debilitating attacks of angioedema, or severe swelling of the limbs, airway, face, or intestinal tract. HAE affects about one in 10,000 to 50,000 individuals worldwide and can have a significant impact on quality of life. There are currently six FDA-approved therapies available […]

FDA Approval: 8/8/2018 Mogamulizumab-kpkc is a humanized monoclonal antibody developed by Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas, T-cell leukemia, and T-cell lymphomas. Mogamulizumab has shown promising efficacy in treating Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) in a phase III trial. The FDA granted mogamulizumab a Breakthrough Therapy Designation on August 25, […]

FDA Approval: 8/10/2018 Hereditary transthyretin (TTR)-mediated amyloidosis (hATTR) is an inherited and debilitating disease that is characterized by mutations in the TTR gene. These gene mutations can cause accumulation of abnormal amyloid proteins in body organs and tissue, leading to damage of these areas, such as the peripheral nerves. Peripheral, autonomic, or cardiomyopathy can result […]

New Drug Overview – iobenguane I 131 (Azedra®) On July 30, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved iobenguane I 131 (Azedra®) for treatment of adults and adolescents age 12 and older with unresectable pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma that has metastasized or is locally advanced and requires systemic anticancer therapy.  Patients must test positive […]

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Code Updates: Large Price Changes COMING SOON – New Q-Code Effective October 1, 2018 Drug Reimbursement Code Price Updates Drugs/Devices: New Clinical and Billing Information CODE UPDATES Large Price Changes: We identify and report on the codes with the most substantial pricing increases or decreases each month and detail the rationale for […]

Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a rare, slow-growing cancer of the blood in which the bone marrow produces too many abnormal B cells or lymphocytes. This compromises the bone marrow’s ability to produce healthy blood cells and platelets. Patients with HCL may experience enlargement of the spleen, increased susceptibility to life-threatening conditions such as infections […]