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CMS Monitoring IVIG Access


Some advocacy groups and providers have complained that patients are having trouble obtaining intravenous immune globulin services (HCPCS codes Q9941-Q9944) due to low rates, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notes in its latest drug price information.

The Food and Drug Administration hasn't identified a shortage of IVIG, and manufacturers say they have plenty available. But CMS admits that access to IVIG is an important health issue, and the agency promises to monitor availability. For the third quarter of 2005, CMS is raising the payment amount for the powdered form of lyophilized IVIG by 9 percent.