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Non-covered item or service

HCPCS code

Non-covered Item or Service (A9270)

Name of the Procedure:

  • Common Names: Non-covered item, Non-reimbursable service
  • Technical/Medical Term: HCPCS code A9270


Non-covered item or service (HCPCS code A9270) refers to any medical item, device, or service that is not reimbursed by Medicare or insurance providers. This could include certain experimental treatments, over-the-counter items, or other services deemed non-essential under the coverage policy.


  • Provides clarity on whether specific medical items or services will be reimbursed.
  • Helps manage patient expectations regarding the cost and funding of certain treatments.
Goals or Expected Outcomes:
  • Ensure patients are informed about non-reimbursed items and services.
  • Facilitate financial planning for patients who choose to proceed with non-covered options.


Specific Symptoms or Conditions:
  • Patients seeking treatments or items not covered by their insurance plan.
  • Cases where alternative, covered treatments exist but the patient prefers a non-covered option.
Patient Criteria:
  • Patients informed of and willing to bear the out-of-pocket costs.
  • Patients needing items or services for personal or experimental reasons not recognized by insurance.


Pre-procedure Instructions:
  • Patients should discuss financial implications with their healthcare provider and insurance company.
  • Obtain a clear understanding of the costs involved.

    Diagnostic Tests or Assessments:
  • None typically required for determining coverage status.

Procedure Description

Since this is not a physical procedure but rather a category of non-covered services or items, a step-by-step description is not applicable. However, understanding the administrative steps is crucial:

  1. Healthcare provider identifies the non-covered item or service.
  2. Provider informs the patient regarding the non-covered status.
  3. Discussion of costs and payment options.
  4. Agreement and consent to proceed without insurance coverage.
Tools, Equipment, or Technology Used:
  • Varies depending on the specific non-covered item or service.
Anesthesia or Sedation Details:
  • Not applicable.


How Long the Procedure Typically Takes:
  • Timeframe varies based on the specific non-covered service or item.


Where the Procedure is Performed:
  • Hospitals, outpatient clinics, surgical centers, or any medical setting where the service or item is provided.


Healthcare Professionals Involved:
  • Depends on the specific service or item.
  • Typically involves the primary healthcare provider and administrative staff.

Risks and Complications

Common Risks:
  • Financial burden from out-of-pocket costs.
  • Lack of insurance support for complications arising from the use of non-covered items or services.
Possible Complications:
  • Potential for significant personal expense.
  • Risk of financial strain or debt.


Expected Benefits:
  • Access to treatments or devices not covered by insurance.
  • Potential for improved outcomes if the patient responds well to the non-covered option.
How Soon They Might Be Realized:
  • Typically immediate, as patients can access the non-covered item or service once payment is arranged.


Post-procedure Care and Instructions:
  • Varies depending on the specific item or service.
  • Follow typical care guidelines for the type of service received.
Expected Recovery Time:
  • Dependent on the nature of the non-covered item or service.
Restrictions or Follow-up Appointments:
  • As advised by the healthcare provider based on the specific service or item.


Other Treatment Options Available:
  • Covered treatment or item alternatives.
  • Exploring insurance appeals or different coverage plans.
Pros and Cons of Alternatives:
  • Covered Alternatives: Financially supported by insurance, potentially lower out-of-pocket costs, but may not be the patient's preferred option.
  • Non-covered Services: Full out-of-pocket cost, but may offer the desired outcome or advanced treatment options.

Patient Experience

What the Patient Might Feel or Experience:
  • Financial anxiety or stress due to out-of-pocket costs.
  • Relief and satisfaction if the non-covered item or service improves their condition.
Pain Management and Comfort Measures:
  • Depends on the specific non-covered item or service.
  • Standard pain management protocols apply as per the healthcare provider’s recommendations.

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