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Medical Policy Upcoming Updates

Notification Date: June 20, 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
Abdominoplasty/Panniculectomy (III-SUR.13)
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
No change to medical necessity criteria
Blepharoplasty, Blepharoptosis Repair and Brow Lift (III-SUR.29)
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
No change to medical necessity criteria
Breast Implant Removal, Revision, or Reimplantation (III-SUR.11)
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
No change to medical necessity criteria
Female Breast Reduction Surgery (III-SUR.27)
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
Change(s) to medical necessity criteria
  • Reinstated Medica's previous criteria for the amount of breast tissue to be removed in addition to the current Schur scale to allow for more body types.
Male Gynecomastia Surgery (III-SUR.31)
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
Change(s) to medical necessity criteria
  • Other medical causes must be ruled out, as indicated by normal laboratory results (e.g., liver and kidney function studies/enzymes)
Otoplasty (III-SUR.33)
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
No change to medical necessity criteria
Proton Beam Radiation Therapy (III-MED.06)
Re-reviewed
07/16/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
Reinstatement of Medica's former utilization management policy
  • Sunset MCG™ Care Guideline Criteria (21st edition, 2017: ACG: A-0389 (AC), Proton Beam Therapy).

Appropriate indications for PBRT:
  • Chordomas or chondrosarcomas arising at the base of the skull or along the axial skeleton without distant metastasis [No change]
  • Pediatric central nervous system tumors adjacent to vital structures (e.g. optic nerve, spinal cord) [Add back – no change]
  • Melanoma of the uveal tract (iris, choroid, ciliary body) without extrascleral extension and with no evidence of metastasis [No change]
Rhinoplasty Procedure with or without Septoplasty (III-SUR.04)
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
Change(s) to medical necessity criteria
  • New Indication: Residual large cutaneous defect following resection of a malignancy
  • A fixed, medically significant obstruction that can only be corrected by rhinoplasty is now a stand-alone criterion.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP or U3P) for Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome (III-SUR.08)
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
No change in determination

Coverage Policies

Policy Title
Status
Effective Date
Determination
Summary of Change
Bladder Cancer Screening, Diagnosis and Monitoring Using Ancillary Urinary Tests
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications
No change in determination
Cognitive rehabilitation/Remediation
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications
No change in determination
GeneticTesting: ScoliScore™ Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) Prognostic Test
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Investigative and therefore not covered
No change in determination
Genetic Testing: TP53 (p53) Testing for Li-Fraumeni Syndrome
Re-reviewed
06/20/2018
Enhanced member benefit
Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications
Genetic testing for TP53 (p53) mutation is not investigative for women with early-onset breast cancer (less than age 31).
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)
Re-reviewed
06/20/2018
Enhanced member benefit
Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy is not investigative for the following indications:
  • Distinguishing low grade from high grade gliomas
  • Distinguishing recurrent or residual brain tumor from post-therapy changes (e.g., radiation-necrosis).
Non-Powered or Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Systems
Re-reviewed
08/20/2018
Investigative and therefore not covered
No change in determination
Transcatheter Closure of Cardiac Defects
Re-reviewed
06/20/2018
Enhanced member benefit
Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications
Transcatherter closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) is no longer investigative when:
  1. The device has received FDA approval, and
  2. The FDA-approved indications for the specific device are met.
Vaginal Tactile Imaging
New
08/20/2018
Investigative
Investigative

 




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