February 2018 Medical Policy updates:
- Automated Percutaneous and Endoscopic Discectomy: Stryker DeKompressor, Nucleotome, SpineJet Hydrodiscectomy (PDF) Policy 7.01.16 (posted 2/20/18)
- Lumbar Fusion for Adults, Degenerative Disc Disease, Disc herniation, Lumbar arthrodesis, Scoliosis, Spinal stenosis, spondylodesis, spondylosyndesis, spondylolisthesis (PDF) Policy 7.01.90 (posted 2/20/18)
- Osteochondral Grafting (Allograft, Autograft): Chondrofix®, Mosaicplasty, OATS (PDF) Policy 7.01.59 (posted 2/20/18)
- Total Hip Resurfacing, Metal-on-Metal (PDF) Policy 7.01.74 (posted 2/20/18)
- Treatment of Tinnitus: Habituation Therapy, Jastreboff Method, Masking, Retraining Therapy (PDF) Policy 8.01.07 (posted 2/20/18)
- Genetic Testing for Hereditary BRCA Mutations: BART test, BRCA1, BRCA2, CHEK2 (PDF) Policy 2.02.06 (posted 2/20/18)
- Genetic Testing for Inherited Susceptibility to Colorectal Cancer: Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC), COLARIS®, Microsatellite instability (MSI), MYH-associated polyposis(MAP) (PDF) Policy 2.02.11 (posted 2/20/18)
- Genetic Testing for Susceptibility to Hereditary Cancers (PTEN, Cowden Syndrome, TP53, Li Fraumeni Syndrome, BreastNext, CancerNext, OvaNext, MyRisk Hereditary Cancer, Melaris, Prolaris, Panexia) (PDF) Policy 2.02.44 (posted 2/20/18)
- Genotyping Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) for Drug Metabolism: Amplichip (PDF) Policy 2.02.30 (posted 2/20/18)
- Genotyping or Phenotyping for Thiopurine Methyltransferase (TPMT) for Patients Treated with Azathioprine (6-MP), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (PDF) Policy 2.02.37 (posted 2/20/18)
- MAZE Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter (e.g., Convergent procedure, COX III, Epicardial Maze, Hybrid, Mini Maze, Pulmonary Vein Isolation, Thoroscopic off-pump surgical ablation [TOPS]) (PDF) Policy 7.01.27 (posted 2/20/18)
- Signal Averaged Electrocardiogram (SAECG) (PDF) Policy 2.01.02 (posted 2/20/18)
- Pathfinder TG® Molecular Testing: Redpath, Topographic Genotyping (PDF) Policy 2.02.39 (posted 2/20/18)
- Bronchial Thermoplasty (e.g., Alair® System) (PDF) Policy 7.01.88 (posted 2/20/18)
- Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) (PDF) Policy 6.01.40 (posted 2/20/18)
- Measurement of Exhaled Markers of Airway Inflammation in Patients with Asthma: Exhaled Breath Condensate, Exhaled Nitric Oxide, Nioxx (PDF) Policy 2.01.41 (posted 2/20/18)
- Evoked Potentials: Auditory, Brainstem Auditory, Somatosensory, Visual and Intraoperative Monitoring of Evoked Potentials (PDF) Policy 2.01.27 (posted 2/20/18)
- Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT, PRRNT): Receptor-Mediated Radiotherapy, Radiolabeled Nuclide Therapy, Somatostatin Analog, 90Y-DOTATOC, 177Lu-DOTA0, Tyr3, 90Y-DOTA0 (PDF) Policy 7.01.78 (posted 2/20/18)
- Low-Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) for Lung Cancer Screening: Electron Beam Computed Tomography (EBCT), Helical CT, Low-Dose CT, Spiral CT (PDF) Policy 6.01.19 (posted 2/20/18)
- Liver/Hepatic Transplantation (PDF) Policy 7.02.07 (posted 2/20/18)
- Pancreas Transplant (Pancreas Transplant Alone, Pancreas After Kidney Transplant, Simultaneous Pancreas Kidney Transplant) (PDF) Policy 7.02.01 (posted 2/20/18)
- Sacral Nerve Stimulation for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (Incontinence, Neuromodulation, Urinary Retention) (PDF) Policy 7.01.10 (posted 2/20/18)
Policies currently in the review process
Comments regarding the following draft medical policies must be received by March 16, 2018.
- Sialendoscopy (new policy)
- Bioengineered Tissue Products for Wound Treatment and Surgical Interventions (updated policy)
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