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Medical Policy Upcoming Updates

Notification Date: July 15, 2020

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
Elastography for Evaluation of Hepatic Fibrosis New 09/14/2020 Covered for some indications; investigative and therefore not covered for all other indications

Ultrasound transient elastography (e.g. FibroScan) for diagnosing and monitoring liver fibrosis or cirrhosis in individuals with chronic liver disease is covered.

Ultrasound transient elastography (e.g., FibroScan) is investigative and not covered for all other liver disease indications.

Magnetic resonance elastography is covered for diagnosing and monitoring:
a. Liver fibrosis or cirrhosis in individuals with chronic liver disease, when ultrasound transient elastography is unavailable, contraindicated, or results are indeterminate
b. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, known or suspected.

Magnetic resonance elastography is investigative and not covered for all other liver disease indications.

Other modalities of elastography (e.g., acoustic radiation force impulse imaging (ARFI), two-dimensional shear wave (SWE)) are investigative and not covered for all indications.

Myocardial Strain Imaging (e.g., Cardiac Magnetic Resonance, Speckle Tracking Echocardiography, Tissue Doppler Echocardiography) New 09/14/2020 Investigative and therefore not covered.  



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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