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Medical Policy Upcoming Updates

Notification Date: September 19, 2018 

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

Utilization Management Policies 

 
Policy Title
Status
Effective Date
Determination
Summary of Change
Air Ambulance, Non-emergent (III.MED.07)
New
01/01/2019
Medically necessary for a select population of patients
Prior Authorization is now required.
Medically necessary when the following criteria are met:
  • Ordered by an attending physician
  • Provided by a licensed professional air ambulance service
  • Transportation meets one of the following criteria:
  1. Hospital to nearest hospital, when care for members' condition isn't available at the hospital where member was first admitted.
  2. Hospital to nearest post-acute level of care or skilled nursing facility.
  3. If it is required by Medica
  • The member is clinically stable
  • The member requires skilled care or medical monitoring for air ambulance transport.
  • Ambulance transportation cannot be provided by a ground ambulance because it poses a threat or seriously endangers the member's health.
  • Written documentation in the medical record specifying the medical necessity for non-emergency air ambulance transportation is required.
Autologous Cultured Chondrocyte Transplantation for the Knee (III-SUR.35) Re-Reviewed 11/19/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients No change to medical necessity criteria
Genetic Testing for Cardiac Channelopathies (III-DIA.05) Re-Reviewed 11/19/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients No change to medical necessity criteria
Genetic Testing for Cardiomyopathies (III-DIA.07) Re-Reviewed 11/19/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients No change to medical necessity criteria
Genetic Testing for Susceptibility to Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (III-DIA.04) Re-Reviewed 11/9/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients

Individuals diagnosed at any age:
Changed requirement for two or more close blood relatives with breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, or prostate cancer at any age to one or more close blood relatives with breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, or prostate cancer at any age per the most recent NCCN Guideline, Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast and Ovarian. Version 2.2019 – July 30, 2018.

Deleted the following requirement, as it is now incorporated into the change noted above: One or more close blood relatives with breast cancer diagnosed at or before age 50.

High Frequency Chest Wall Compression (HFCWC) Devices (III-DEV.20) Re-Reviewed 11/19/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients No change to medical necessity criteria
Home Health Aide (III-HOM.02) Re-Reviewed 11/19/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients No change to medical necessity criteria
Magnetic Esophageal Ring for the Treatment of GERD (III-SUR.42) Re-Reviewed 11/19/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients No change to medical necessity criteria
Medicaid Home Care Nurse (HCN) Services (III-HOM.05) Re-Reviewed 11/19/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients No change to medical necessity criteria
Medicaid Home Health Aide (III-HOM.04) Re-Reviewed 11/19/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients No change to medical necessity criteria
Personal Care Assistance (III-HOM.03) Re-Reviewed 11/19/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients No change to medical necessity criteria
Proton Beam Radiation Therapy (III-MED.06) Re-Reviewed 09/17/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients

Proton beam radiation therapy is now considered medically necessary for the following indications:

  1. Malignant and benign CNS tumors, including primary or metastatic spine tumors (including pediatric CNS tumors)
  2. Ocular tumors, including melanoma of the uveal tract
  3. Hepatocellular/hepatobiliary cancer
  4. Advanced head and neck cancer
  5. Paranasal sinus or other accessory sinus tumors
  6. Soft tissue sarcomas (e.g., non-metastatic retroperitoneal sarcomas).

NOTE: Chordomas or chondrosarcomas arising at the base of the skull or along the axial skeleton without distant metastasis remain medically necessary.

Coverage Policies 

Policy Title
Status
Effective Date
Determination
Summary of Change
Clinical Trial Participation
Re-reviewed
11/19/2018
Covered for some indications; not covered for others.
No change in determination
Policy in line with the Federal Mandate and MN State Mandate on coverage for clinical trial participation.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion, Open and Minimally Invasive
New for open SI joint fusion
11/19/2018
Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications
Open SI Joint:
Covered for:
  1. Sacral tumors when used adjunctively with sacrectomy or partial sacrectomy
  2. SI joint infections used adjunctively with medical treatments
  3. Traumatic injuries (e.g., pelvic ring fractures).
Not covered for all other indications, including but not limited to:
  1. Degenerative sacroiliac joint
  2. Mechanical low back pain
  3. Radicular pain syndromes
  4. Sacroiliac joint syndrome.
NOTE: Minimally invasive SI joint fusion remains investigative and therefore not covered for all indications.
Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP) Testing
Re-reviewed
11/19/2018
Investigative and therefore not covered
No change in determination

 




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