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The Essential Guide to Medicare IVIG Coverage

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The Essential Guide to Medicare IVIG Coverage

Medicare provides coverage for IVIG and SCIG therapies in many instances, but navigating the details can sometimes be difficult. This guide will provide an overview of how IG therapies are covered under Medicare.

Medicare will provide coverage for IVIG based on:

  • The diagnosis
  • The location of therapy
  • The route of administration 

Diagnosis codes and other criteria are used to determine whether IVIG is covered by Medicare Part B. If you have a condition that is not covered by Part B, you may still be covered by Medicare Part D if your condition is listed as an FDA-approved IVIG indication.

 

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Medicare IVIG Coverage Under Part B

IVIG is covered under Medicare Part B if the following criteria are met:

  1. IVIG is administered at home.
  2. IVIG is administered through an infusion pump.
  3. The treating physician has determined that the administration of IVIG at home is medically appropriate.
  4. The patient is diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency disease with one of the diagnosis codes listed below.

Medicare-covered Diagnosis Codes for Part B:

Code Description
D80.0 Hereditary Hypogammaglobulinemia
D80.2 Selective deficiency of immunoglobulin A (IgA)
D80.3 Selective deficiency of immunoglobulin G (IgG) subclasses
D80.4 Selective deficiency of immunoglobulin G (IgG) subclasses
D80.5 Immunodeficiency with increased immunoglobulin M (IgM)
D80.6 Antibody deficiency with near-normal immunoglobulins or with hyperimmunoglobulinemia.
D80.7 ICD-10 diagnosis code for transient hypogammaglobulinemia of infancy.
D81.0 Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) with reticular dysgenesis
D81.1 Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) with low T-and B-cell numbers
D81.2 Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) with low or normal B-cell numbers
D81.5 Purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) deficiency
D81.6 Major histocompatibility complex class I deficiency
D81.7 Major histocompatibility complex class II deficiency
D81.9 Combined immunodeficiency, unspecified.
D81.89 Other combined immunodeficiencies
D82.0 Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
D82.1 DiGeorge syndrome.
D82.4 ICD-10 diagnosis code for hyperimmunoglobulin E (IgE) syndrome.
D83.0 Common variable immunodeficiency with predominant abnormalities of B-cell numbers and function
D83.1 A billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes
D83.2 Common variable immunodeficiency with autoantibodies to B- or T-cells
D83.8 Other common variable immunodeficiencies
D83.9 Common variable immunodeficiency, unspecified
G11.3 Cerebellar ataxia with defective DNA repair
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Medicare will pay 80% of the drug cost. The other 20% must be covered by a supplemental plan or by the patient. Under Part B, only the drug cost is covered. Supplies and infusion pumps are not covered unless they are for CIDP.

For CIDP, Medicare will also pay for 80% of the cost of supplies and infusion pumps. As of July 2021, only subcutaneous IG therapy (such as Hizentra and Hyqvia) for CIDP is covered under Part B.

 

Medicare IVIG Coverage Under Part D

For diagnoses that are not covered under Part B, Part D coverage may apply if the condition is an FDA-approved IVIG indication (see below).

Medicare-Covered FDA-approved Indications for IVIG

  • Primary immunodeficiency
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
  • B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Stiff-person syndrome
  • Bone marrow transplant/hematopoietic stem cell transplant
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Polymyositis
  • Multifocal motor neuropathy
  • HIV infection
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome
  • Parvovirus B19-induced pure red cell aplasia
  • Kawasaki syndrome (pediatric)
  • Fetal/neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia
  • Isoimmune hemolytic disease of newborn
  • Neonatal hemochromatosis
  • Immune checkpoint inhibitor-related toxicity
  • CAR-T therapy-related hypogammaglobulinemia
  • Acquire red cell aplasia
  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
  • Rasmussen encephalitis
  • Enteroviral meningoencephalitis
  • Autoimmune mucocutaneous blistering disease
  • Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  • Autoimmune neutropenia
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Birdshot retinochoroidopathy
  • BK virus-associated nephropathy
  • Churg-Strauss syndrome
  • Hematophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
  • Macrophage Activation Syndrome (MAS)
  • Hyperimmunoglobulinemia E syndrome
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Opsoclonus-myoclonus
  • Post-transfusion purpura
  • Solid organ transplantation
  • Major surgery associated secondary immunosuppression
  • Hematologic malignancy-associated secondary immunosuppression
  • Major burns associated secondary immunosuppression
  • Collagen-vascular disease-associated secondary immunosuppression
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Toxic necrotizing fasciitis

Standard Part D benefit and copay structures apply. 

For more information on out-of-pocket expenses for Part D, visit the Q1Medicare site.

 

Nursing Costs for IVIG

IVIG nurse

Nursing costs for IVIG are covered under the Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage plan. For Original Medicare, 80% of the costs will be covered by the plan, and either a supplemental plan or the patient will be responsible for the remaining 20%. 

Costs will vary under Medicare Advantage. A full benefits investigation is necessary to determine the exact cost. Speak to an AmeriPharma billing specialist for more information.

 

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Medicare IVIG Demonstration Project

The Medicare Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) Demonstration Project is designed to assess the benefits of providing compensation for materials and services required for in-home IVIG administration for the treatment of primary humoral immunodeficiency

In this demonstration, Medicare Part B will give coverage for supplies and services required to provide immunoglobulins in the home to the registered beneficiaries who are not otherwise bedbound and receiving home health care aids. The demonstration is solely for beneficiaries who require IVIG for the treatment of PIDD or who presently use subcutaneous immune globulin (SCIG) to treat PIDD and want to transition to IVIG.

Eligibility criteria for participation in IVIG Demonstration

To participate in the IVIG Demonstration, a recipient needs to meet the following requirements:

  • Must be registered for Medicare Part B and be covered by Medicare Fee-For-Service.
  • Must have a confirmed diagnosis of primary immune deficiency disease (PIDD).
  • Must not be currently receiving home health care.

 

Copay Assistance

AmeriPharma offers assistance to help with any remaining copay you may have on IVIG after using Medicare. Using advanced software, AmeriPharma will review all available funding sources and match you with a program that fits your needs. A copay specialist will help you with the application process.

For more information, speak to one of our specialists about how AmeriPharma can help.

 

How to Enroll in Medicare

You may sign up for Medicare online, by phone, or in person at your local Social Security office.

Medicare enrollment is available during a 7-month enrollment period that starts 3 months before you turn 65. You must enroll in Medicare prior to turning 65 if you want your coverage to start on the month you turn 65. You may also enroll in Medicare up to 3 months after the month you turn 65, as outlined on the Medicare website. 

For more information, visit medicare.gov.

 

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FAQs

Does Medicare cover IVIG for CIDP?

Yes. For CIDP, Medicare will pay for 80% of the cost of the drug and supplies. The other 20% must be covered by a supplemental plan or by the patient. As of July 2021, only subcutaneous IG therapy (such as Hizentra and Hyqvia) for CIDP is covered under Part B. 

Does Medicare cover IVIG for Guillain-Barre syndrome?

Yes. Medicare provides coverage for Guillain-Barre syndrome under Part D.

Does Medicare cover IVIG for Myasthenia Gravis?

Yes. Medicare provides coverage for Myasthenia gravis under Part D.

Is Privigen covered by Medicare?

Yes, Privigen (J1459) is covered under Medicare Part B. 

Is Gamunex covered by Medicare?

Yes, Gamunex (J1561) is covered under Medicare Part B.

 

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