Frequency of NDC Codes on Durable Medical Equipment Files
If a patient receives an oral chemotherapeutic agent that is equivalent to a
chemotherapy administered intravenously, this agent may be captured in the
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) file. Under most circumstances, CMS requires
providers to use 11-digit National Drugs Codes (NDCs) when submitting DME claims
for oral anti-cancer drugs. For patients in clinical trials, DME claims will be
billed using HCPCS codes instead of DME codes.
To assist investigators in assessing whether they need DME data for their
analyses, frequency tables for the NDC codes in the DME data have been
generated. The tables show the number of patients with each NDC code by year.
Tables have been produced for all patients in the PEDSF file as well as separate
files for breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal cancer patients. Please note
that the PEDSF file includes SEER-linked cases diagnosed from 1973 to 2009, but
only SEER cases diagnosed from 2000 to 2009 from the expansion registries:
Greater California, New Jersey, Louisiana and Kentucky.