Current Pedorthics March-April 2016 | Vol.48, Issue 2 - Page 33

PART 2 Commercially available materials are referenced by content, physical properties, performance testing, and specification. This type of specification promotes the suitability of materials for use. Using unspecified materials is simply gambling with product outcomes. It is important to note that as long as a material can meet a service requirement, it can be certified as suitable for that given purpose. Given a performance specification, a variety of materials can be selected to perform predictably and acceptably, in a variety of applications. It is equally meaningful to apply a performance standard to the components of a device, just as it is meaningful to apply a performance standard to a finished product. So that irrespective of material selection, product performance is certified for an intended use. Short or long form, HCPCS code L 2755 has no such indications. Photo from: @iStockphoto.com/robertprzybysz HCPCS L 2755 is only one of many HCPCS codes which lack substance. How does this leave the producer of HCPCS-specified products? Very ill at ease with HCPCS coding compliance? HCPCS coding noncompliance is a serious problem, with serious consequences. Given HCPCS Level II coding, noncompliance is inevitable. No one can know with certainty what HCPCS code L 2755 is intended to provide. No one can produce an HCPCS-coded L 2755, yet legal requirements and auditing enforce liability. To accuse you of non-compliance costs nothing. Justice is very expensive. You must prove, at your expense, that you have met or exceeded the requirements of an HCPCS code. If you cannot prove that you delivered a code-delineated product, you face unpleasant consequences. This is not a farfetched scenario. This is the present reality. "How can anyone produce an HCPCS L2755? The only option is to guess. To complete a simple transaction why must you consider guessing?" How can anyone produce an HCPCS L2755? The only option is to guess. To complete a simple transaction why must you consider guessing? Then with high probability live with Current Pedorthics March/April 2016 31