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Medical Policy Upcoming Updates

Notification Date: November 21, 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
Bariatric Surgery (III-SUR.30)
Re-Reviewed
1/21/2019
Medically necessary for a select population of patients.
 
In addition, there are investigative services that are not covered.
No change to medical necessity criteria.
 
Benefit Considerations:
  • The following investigative bariatric surgery techniques were removed as outdated procedures: (1) Gastroplasty (gastric stapling without banding), and (2) jejuno ileal bypass.
  • The following investigative bariatric surgery techniques were added based on clinical review in September 2018: (1) Single-anastomosis duodenal switch (aka, stomach intestinal pylorus-sparing surgery; SIPS), and (2) AspireAssist weight loss therapy implant.
Cervical Spine Surgeries (III-SUR.37) Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019 Medically necessary for a select population of patients. Changes to medical necessity criteria:
  • Examples of FDA approved demineralized bone matrices (DBM) were removed from the criteria,
  • Appendix 4, Demineralized Bone Matrix (DBM) Products, was added to the policy. This grid documents the following information for FDA-approved DBM products:
    • Source Company
    • DBM Product Name
    • Available Forms
    • FDA Uses
Electric Tumor Treatment Fields (III-DEV.27) Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019 Medically necessary for a select population of patients No change to medical necessity criteria.
Knee Arthroplasty (III-SUR. 41) Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019 Medically necessary for a select population of patients. No change to medical necessity criteria.
Lumbar Spine Surgeries (III-SUR.34) Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019 Medically necessary for a select population of patients. Benefit Considerations additions:
  • Prior authorization is not required for tethered spinal cord syndrome in infants, children, and adults.
  • Types of stem cell preparations were added to the existing statement: (i.e., concentrated, engineered or expanded stem cells, as well as allograft bone products containing stem cells).
Changes to medical necessity criteria:
  • Examples of FDA approved demineralized bone matrices (DBM) were removed from the criteria,
  • Appendix 4, Demineralized Bone Matrix (DBM) Products, was added to the policy. This grid documents the following information for FDA-approved DBM products:
    • Source Company
    • DBM Product Name
    • Available Forms
    • FDA Uses
Orthognathic Surgery (III-SUR.32) Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019 Medically necessary for a select population of patients. No change to medical necessity criteria.
Rhinoplasty Procedure with or without Septoplasty (III-SUR.04)

Re-Reviewed

11/21/2018

 

 

 

 

1/21/2019

Medically necessary for a select population of patients.

 

In addition, there are investigative services that are not covered.

Change to medical necessity criteria (effective 11/21/2018):
  • A fixed, medically significant obstruction that can only be corrected by rhinoplasty is now a criterion of nasal deformity with airway obstruction.

 

Benefit Considerations addition (effective 1/21/2019):
  • Nasal implants, absorbable, for treatment of nasal valve collapse (e.g., Latera) is investigative and therefore not covered.
Spinal Cord Stimulation of the Dorsal Column for Treatment of Pain (III-DEV.23) Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019 Medically necessary for a select population of patients. No change to medical necessity criteria.
Varicose Vein and Venous Insufficiency Treatments (III-SUR.26) Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019

Medically necessary for a select population of patients.

In addition, there are investigative services that are not covered.

No change to medical necessity criteria.

 

Benefit Considerations additions.
The following services are investigative and therefore not covered:

  • Medical adhesive, e.g. VenaSeal™ Closure System, for treatment of varicose veins.
  • Sclerotherapy for great and/or small saphenous veins, including but not limited to Varithena® for treatment of great and/or small saphenous veins.
Whole Exome Sequencing (III-DIA.13) Re-Reviewed 11/21/2018 Medically necessary for a select population of patients. Change to medical necessity criteria.
  • In addition to a board-certified medical geneticist the test can also be ordered by a neonatologist, neurologist, or developmental and behavioral pediatrician.

Coverage Policies 

Policy Title
Status
Effective Date
Determination
Summary of Change
Annulus Fibrosis Repair Devices
Re-Reviewed
1/21/2019
Investigative and therefore not covered
No change in determination
Gene Expression Profiling Assay for Prediction of Coronary Artery Disease New 1/21/2019 Investigative and therefore not covered Investigative for all indications
Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation New 1/21/2019 Investigative and therefore not covered Investigative for all indications
  • e.g., Acclarent Aera ET balloon dilation system
Intense Pulsed Light Treatment for Dry Eye Disease Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019 Investigative and therefore not covered No change in determination
Meibomian Gland Evacuation Thera Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019 Investigative and therefore not covered No change in determination
Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Pain Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019 Investigative and therefore not covered No change in determination
Left Atrial Appendage Closure Devices
Previous title: Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure Devices
Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019 Investigative and therefore not covered No change in determination
Nasal Implant, Absorbable, for Treatment of Nasal Valve Collapse New 1/21/2019 Investigative and therefore not covered Investigative for all indications
  • e.g., Latera nasal implant
Total Ankle Replacement Surgery Re-Reviewed 1/21/2019 Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications No change in determination



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