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Medical Policy Upcoming Updates

Notification Date: April 18, 2018 

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

Utilization Management

Policy Title
Status
Effective Date
Determination
Summary of Change
MCG Care Guidelines®
Re-reviewed
On or after 06/18/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
Medica may use tools developed by third parties, such as MCG Care Guidelines®, to assist in administering health benefits. Medica will begin using the 22nd edition of MCG Care Guidelines on or after June 18, 2018.
Adult Gender Reassignment Surgery
(III-SUR.20)
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
No change to medical necessity criteria.
Behavioral Health Services – Individual and Family business (IFB) (III-BEH.01)
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
Prior authorization will be required for transcranial magnetic stimulation.
 
The MCG Guideline, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (B-801-T), will be used for criteria for individuals with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder.
Bone Growth Stimulators (III-DEV.07)
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
No change to medical necessity criteria.
Comparative Genomic Hybridization (CGH) Microarray Testing (III-DIA.09)
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
No change to medical necessity criteria.
Implanted Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation
(III-SUR.43)
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
No changes to medical necessity criteria.
Microprocessor Controlled Knee Prostheses, with or without Polycentric, Three-Dimensional Endoskeletal Hip Joint System (III-DEV.17)
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
No changes to medical necessity criteria.
Outpatient Enteral Nutrition (III-MED.03)
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
No change to medical necessity criteria.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan (III-DIA.12)
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
Changes in medical necessity criteria:
  • Written documentation for oncology services clarified. Requires either previous diagnostic imaging report(s) and/or pathology report(s).
Real-Time Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (RT-MCOT) (III-DIA.08)
Re-reviewed
04/23/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
Changes in medical necessity criteria:
  • Eliminated the criteria requiring non-real-time cardiac monitoring prior to a cardiologist request for RT-MCOT.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation (III-DEV.24)
Re-reviewed
04/18/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
Implantable vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is now covered for all types of refractory epilepsy.

Coverage Policies

Policy Title
Status
Effective Date
Determination
Summary of Change
Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA) For Coronary Artery Evaluation
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications
No change in determination.
In Vitro Chemosensitivity and Chemoresistance Assays
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Investigative and therefore not covered.
No change in determination.
Home Use of Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) for Conditions Other Than Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Former Title: Home Use of Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)

Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications
Criteria for BiPAP used for OSA were removed from this policy and incorporated into the revised policy, Home Use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Home Use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Former Title: Home Use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Outlines initial, maximum rental period, followed by purchase or device return to vendor.
BiPAP devices added to the policy and will be subject to the same rental and purchase/return requirement as CPAP.
Laser Spine Surgeries
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Investigative and therefore not covered
No change in determination.
Light Treatment and Laser Therapies for Benign Dermatologic Conditions
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications
No change in determination.
Motion Preserving Posterior Interspinous/Interlaminar Decompression/Stabilization Devices
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Investigative and therefore not covered
No change in determination.
Noncontact, Low-Frequency Ultrasound Therapy for Healing of Chronic Wounds
Re-reviewed
06/18/2018
Investigative and therefore not covered
No change in determination.

 




The updated clinical policies and guidelines above will be available as of their effective date, as noted. View policies and guidelines.

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