Modifiers JZ and JW Discarded Drugs

For physician practices that use injectable drugs for stress tests, paid injections, or therapeutic services, some modifiers can assist in reporting to Medicare if there were discarded vials or if the drug was used in its entirety.

CMS originally had one modifier – the JW – to represent single-dose containers or single-use packages. Because of some misuses or misunderstandings on how to apply the modifier, a new modifier was created for 2023.

Terry discusses this update along with some possible physician query scenarios in this week’s CodeCast Podcast.

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