Awareness : Did You Know? 2017

Did You Know? Weekly Educational Series 35

For the Week of May 30, 2016

Using JW Modifier for Drugs That Are Discarded or Not Administered

The change in policy regarding the use of the JW modifier for discarded Part B drugs and biologicals. Effective July 1, 2016, providers are required to:

  • Use the JW modifier for claims with unused drugs or biologicals from single use vials or single use packages that are appropriately discarded (except those provided under the competitive acquisition program (CAP) for Part B drugs and biologicals); and
  • Document the discarded drug or biological in the patient’s medical record when submitting claims with unused Part B drugs or biologicals from single use vials or single use packages that are appropriately discarded

Additional information is available in the MLN MattersĀ® article MM9603