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Medical Policy Upcoming Updates

Notification Date: May 17, 2017 

Below are the policies that are new or have been reviewed, along with the determination and summary of any changes.

Coverage Policies

Policy Title
Status
Effective Date
Determination
Summary of Change
Magnetic Esophageal Ring to Treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Re-reviewed
5/17/2017
Now covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications.
  • Change in determination
  • Not investigative for the treatment of gatroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that is refractive to medical treatment.
  • Investigative for all other indications, including but not limited to, Barrett's Esophagus
  • Provider Alert sent 5/17/17.
Biventricular Pacing (Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy) for Heart Failure
Re-reviewed
7/17/2017
Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications.
No change in determination
Sensory and Auditory Integration Therapies
Re-reviewed
7/17/2017
Investigative and therefore not covered
No change in determination
Molecular Profiling in Colorectal Cancer to Guide Treatment
New/Re-reviewed
7/17/2017
Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications.
Title change:
  • Formerly titled Gene Expression Profiling Assays for Predicting Colon Cancer Recurrence Risk
Expanded scope of policy:
  • Added four genes/tests recommended by professional organizations and found all not-investigative
  • Multigene panels that include any of the above genes/tests are not investigative
  • No change in determination for multigene expression profiling assays for predicting recurrence risk in CRC (e.g. OncotypeDx Colon)
Non-Invasive Measurement of Left Ventricular End Diastolic Pressure
Re-reviewed
7/17/2017
Investigative and therefore not covered
No change in determination

 




The updated clinical policies and guidelines above are available as of July 17, 2017. View policies and guidelines.

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