APMA’s DME Workgroup coordinator Paul Kesselman, DPM, presented during the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Public Meeting on December 21 to support APMA’s request that HCPCS L3010 narrative description be updated to reflect current usage and to address member issues in prescribing and dispensing these devices. APMA argued that HCPCS L3010 Code Descriptors should be updated to:
The current coding language mainly dates back prior to development of the HCPCS code set in the 1970s and has not been updated since 1993, well prior to the advent of modern-day materials and manufacturing techniques. Representatives from the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association (AOPA) and the Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) also presented in support of APMA’s efforts. Outcomes from the public meeting will be available in January 2021, and APMA will update members when additional information is available.