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December 2016 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Vision and HearingServices Handbook : 3 Implantable Hearing Devices and Related Services : 3.2 Services, Benefits, Limitations and Prior Authorization : 3.2.1 Cochlear Implants : Limitations
Procedure code 69930 with the appropriate modifier LT or RT may be reimbursed for unilateral cochlear implantation. Procedure code 69930 with modifier 50 may be reimbursed for bilateral cochlear implantation performed simultaneously.
Device and Components
Procedure codes L8627, L8628, and L8629 for the cochlear implant device and components may be reimbursed for clients who are 12 months of age and older as follows:
The cochlear implant device and the surgery to implant the device may be reimbursed separately.
Replacement Batteries and Related Items
Replacement batteries and related items for the cochlear implant device include non-rechargeable batteries, rechargeable batteries, and recharger units as follows:
Replacement batteries for clients with bilateral cochlear implants and two sound processors may be reimbursed when billed with the applicable battery procedure code and the appropriate LT or RT modifier.
Replacement batteries for the cochlear device are limited to clients with a previously paid cochlear implant procedure, device, or supply. Replacement batteries for clients who did not receive the cochlear implant through Texas Medicaid will be considered for reimbursement on appeal with a physician’s statement documenting medical necessity.
Additional batteries and lithium ion battery recharger units beyond these limitations may be reimbursed with prior authorization.

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