How do I request an amendment to the CCSD Schedule?
- In order to submit a request you will need to be registered to access the members’ areas of the CCSD website. You can do this under the ‘new users’ page. CCSD requires you to register to provide an audit trail of where new requests originated, provide a contact point for queries and because the CCSD Schedule(s) is copyrighted and users need to agree to the terms and conditions of use.
- Once registered, you should navigate to the ‘submit a code request page’ and select ‘start new request’. This will bring up a form to complete, which includes basic information of the code you want to add or amend and more detailed, clinical information about the request.
Detailed guidance for submitting code requests
The Working Group applies the following principles when reviewing new requests:
- Should describe a discrete clinical activity;
- Should provide greater clarity or differentiation between other procedures/diagnostic tests;
- There should be sufficient or anticipated sufficient volume across the country;
- Should have proven efficacy and/or benefit to another approach proven through international guidelines;
- Should be independent of commercial concerns.
Depending on the type of amendment you would like to make to the CCSD Schedule, there is a set of requirements that your code request should meet before it can be considered by the CCSD Working Group.
1) A new procedure/diagnostic code request will only be reviewed if it meets one of the following requirements
- There is no existing code that adequately describes the procedure or test
- The amendment request relates to a new test, technology or a substantial variation on an existing procedure/ test/ technology
- The procedure/ diagnostic test/ technology constitutes a discrete and identifiable service that can be coded and described with reference to the existing framework or schedule and requires specialist input
- There is a clear clinical rationale for the new diagnostic test – i.e what are the medical indications of the test/ what is it testing/measuring
2) A reinstatement request will only be reviewed if it meets one of the following requirements
- The inactivated code can be found when ticking inactivated codes during your search in the CCSD Schedule
- You must clearly state why you cannot use any of the existing codes
3) A narrative change request will only be reviewed if it meets the following requirement
- It will redefine the procedure/ diagnostic test code into a more specific description
4) The inactivation of a procedure or diagnostic test code request will only be reviewed if it meets the following requirement
- The reasons for the inactivation of procedure/ diagnostic test code are clearly defined and you have identified which existing or new codes will replace the code.