Retired - Coverage and Coding – New Oral Antiemetic Drug Varubi™


Joint DME MAC Publication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Varubi (rolapitant) on September 02, 2015. Rolapitant is a substance P/neurokinin1 (NK-1) receptor antagonist medication used to treat nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing emetogenic cancer chemotherapy.

The Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) have evaluated rolapitant and determined that it is eligible for inclusion in the DME MAC Oral Antiemetic Drugs (Replacement for Intravenous Antiemetics) Local Coverage Determination (LCD), effective for claims with dates of service on or after September 02, 2015.

The use of the oral anti-emetic 3-drug combination of an FDA-approved oral NK-1 antagonist and an oral 5HT3 antagonist, in combination with dexamethasone, is covered if, in addition to meeting the statutory coverage criteria specified in the related Policy Article, they are administered to beneficiaries who are receiving one or more of the anti-cancer chemotherapeutic agents listed in the LCD regarding oral anti-emetic coverage.

For dates of service on or after September 02, 2015, claims for rolapitant must be billed using HCPCS code:

Q0181 - UNSPECIFIED ORAL DOSAGE FORM, FDA APPROVED PRESCRIPTION ANTI-EMETIC, FOR USE AS A COMPLETE THERAPEUTIC SUBSTITUTE FOR A IV ANTI-EMETIC AT THE TIME OF CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT, NOT TO EXCEED A 48 HOUR DOSAGE REGIMEN.

Q0181 must be billed on the same claim with dexamethasone (J8540) and an oral 5HT3 antagonist to qualify for consideration of coverage.

If the three drug combination of an oral 5HT3 antagonist, rolapitant (Q0181) and dexamethasone (J8540) are used in conjunction with one of the anticancer chemotherapeutic agents listed in the Coverage Indications, Limitations and/or Medical Necessity section of the LCD regarding oral antiemetics, a KX modifier must be added to each code. In addition to the diagnosis code corresponding to the beneficiary’s cancer diagnosis, claims for these drugs must also be accompanied with a diagnosis code of an encounter for antineoplastic chemotherapy (Z51.11).

Any claims for code Q0181 must be accompanied by the name of the drug, the manufacturer, the dosage strength dispensed, the number of capsules and frequency of administration during the covered time period (24-48 hours) as specified on the order. (Note the time span of coverage remains as stated in the LCD). This information should be entered in the narrative field of an electronic claim.

If the three drug combination of rolapitant (Q0181), an oral 5HT3 antagonist and dexamethasone (J8540) are not used in conjunction with one of the anticancer chemotherapeutic agents listed in the Coverage Indications, Limitations and/or Medical Necessity section of this policy, the GA or GZ modifier must be added to the claim lines for Q0181 and J8540 and the 5HT3 antagonist. When there is an expectation of a denial as not reasonable and necessary, suppliers must enter the GA modifier on the claim line if they have obtained a properly executed Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) or the GZ modifier if they have not obtained a valid ABN.

Claim lines billed without a KX, GA, or GZ modifier will be rejected as missing information.

Please refer to the DME Oral Antiemetic Drugs (Replacement for Intravenous Anti-emetics) Local Coverage Determination, related Policy Article and Supplier Manual for further information on coverage, documentation and coding requirements.

For questions about correct coding, contact the PDAC Contact Center at (877) 735-1326 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday or e-mail the PDAC by completing the DME PDAC Contact Form.
 

Revision History

Date Update
11/24/2015 Published on PDAC website
06/16/2016 Revised (Effective July 1, 2016)
06/30/2016 Retired

 



Last Updated: 06/16/2016