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Visudyne (verteporfin)

Policy Number: PH-0181

 

 

Last Review Date: 07/01/2020

Date of Origin: 11/07/2013

Dates Reviewed: 08/2014, 07/2015, 07/2016, 10/2016, 08/2017, 07/2018, 7/2019, 07/2020

  1. Length of Authorization

Coverage will be provided for 1 infusion per eye every 3 months and may be renewed.

  1. Dosing Limits

A.  Quantity Limit (max daily dose) [NDC Unit]:

  • Visudyne 15 mg vial: 1 vial every 3 month per eye

B.  Max Units (per dose and over time) [HCPCS Unit]:

  • 300 billable units every 3 months

(Max units are based on administration to both eyes)

  1. Initial Approval Criteria1

Coverage is provided in the following conditions:

  • Patient is at least 18 years old; AND

Universal Criteria

  • Must be used with activation process via light from a nonthermal diode laser; AND
  • Must not be used in combination with any anti-angiogenic agents (e.g., bevacizumab, aflibercept, ranibizumab, pegaptanib, brolucizumab, etc.); AND

Classic Subfoveal Choroidal Neovascularization (CNV) † Ф

  • Patient’s condition is associated with one of the following:
  • Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD); OR
  • Ocular histoplasmosis; OR
  • Pathologic myopia

FDA Approved Indication(s) ; ‡ Compendia Recommended Indication(s); Ф Orphan Drug

  1. Renewal Criteria

Coverage can be renewed based upon the following criteria:

  • Patient continues to meet the universal and other indication-specific relevant criteria identified in section III; AND
  • Disease response with treatment as indicated by an improvement in lines of visual acuity from baseline, reduction in the number of episodes of severe visual acuity loss; AND
  • Absence of unacceptable toxicity from the drug: Examples of unacceptable toxicity include extravasation, decrease in visual acuity, etc.
  1. Dosage/Administration1

Indication

Dose

All Indications

6 mg/m2 IV over 10 minutes at a rate of 3 mL/minute per eye. One week after the first course, if no significant toxicity occurs, the second eye can be treated, if necessary. Approximately 3 months later, the eye(s) can be evaluated for re-treatment.

  1. Billing Code/Availability Information

HCPCS code:

  • J3396– Injection, verteporfin, 0.1 mg: 1 billable unit = 0.1 mg

NDC:

  • Visudyne 15 mg vial: 00187-5600-xx
  1. References
  1. Visudyne [package insert]. Bridgewater, NJ; Valeant Pharmaceuticals; February 2017. Accessed May 2020.
  2. National Coverage Determination (NCD) for VERTEPORFIN (80.3.1). Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Inc. Updated 01/2018 with effective date 01/2018. Accessed May 2020.

Appendix 1 – Covered Diagnosis Codes

ICD-10

ICD-10 Description

B39.4

Histoplasmosis capsulata, unspecified

B39.5

Histoplasmosis duboisii

B39.9

Histoplasmosis, unspecified

H32

Chorioretinal disorders in diseases classified elsewhere

H35.3210

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, right eye, stage unspecified

H35.3211

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, right eye, with active choroidal neovascularization

H35.3212

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, right eye, with inactive choroidal neovascularization

H35.3213

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, right eye, with inactive scar

H35.3220

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, left eye, stage unspecified

H35.3221

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, left eye, with active choroidal neovascularization

H35.3222

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, left eye, with inactive choroidal neovascularization

H35.3223

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, left eye, with inactive scar

H35.3230

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, bilateral, stage unspecified

H35.3231

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, bilateral, with active choroidal neovascularization

H35.3232

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, bilateral, with inactive choroidal neovascularization

H35.3233

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, bilateral, with inactive scar

H35.3290

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, unspecified eye, stage unspecified

H35.3291

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, unspecified eye, with active choroidal neovascularization

H35.3292

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, unspecified eye, with inactive choroidal neovascularization

H35.3293

Exudative age-related macular degeneration, unspecified eye, with inactive scar

H35.711

Central serous chorioretinopathy, right eye

H35.712

Central serous chorioretinopathy, left eye

H35.713

Central serous chorioretinopathy, bilateral

H35.729

Central serous chorioretinopathy, unspecified eye

H44.20

Degenerative myopia, unspecified eye

H44.21

Degenerative myopia, right eye

H44.22

Degenerative myopia, left eye

H44.23

Degenerative myopia, bilateral

Appendix 2 – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Medicare coverage for outpatient (Part B) drugs is outlined in the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual (Pub. 100-2), Chapter 15, §50 Drugs and Biologicals. In addition, National Coverage Determination (NCD), Local Coverage Articles (LCAs) and Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) may exist and compliance with these policies is required where applicable. They can be found at: http://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/search/advanced-search.aspx. Additional indications may be covered at the discretion of the health plan.

Medicare Part B Covered Diagnosis Codes (applicable to existing NCD/LCA/LCD):

Jurisdiction(s): ALL

NCD/LCD Document (s): NCD 80.3.1

https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/ncd-details.aspx?NCDId=350&ncdver=2&CoverageSelection=Both&ArticleType=All&PolicyType=Final&s=All&KeyWord=verteporfin&KeyWordLookUp=Title&KeyWordSearchType=And&bc=gAAAACAAAAAAAA%3d%3d&

Medicare Part B Administrative Contractor (MAC) Jurisdictions

Jurisdiction

Applicable State/US Territory

Contractor

E (1)

CA, HI, NV, AS, GU, CNMI

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC

F (2 & 3)

AK, WA, OR, ID, ND, SD, MT, WY, UT, AZ

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC

5

KS, NE, IA, MO

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp (WPS)

6

MN, WI, IL

National Government Services, Inc. (NGS)

H (4 & 7)

LA, AR, MS, TX, OK, CO, NM

Novitas Solutions, Inc.

8

MI, IN

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp (WPS)

N (9)

FL, PR, VI

First Coast Service Options, Inc.

J (10)

TN, GA, AL

Palmetto Government Benefit Administrators, LLC

M (11)

NC, SC, WV, VA (excluding below)

Palmetto GBA, LLC

L (12)

DE, MD, PA, NJ, DC (includes Arlington & Fairfax counties and the city of Alexandria in VA)

Novitas Solutions, Inc.

K (13 & 14)

NY, CT, MA, RI, VT, ME, NH

National Government Services, Inc. (NGS)

15

KY, OH

CGS Administrators, LLC

 

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