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Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina October 2017 Medical Policy Updates


October 2017 Medical Policy Updates:

  • Abatacept (Orencia®)
  • Allergy Immunotherapy
  • Allergy Testing
  • Antineoplaston Therapy and Sodium Phenylbutyrate
  • Aqueous Shunts and Devices for Glaucoma
  • Catheter Ablation as Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Chronic Intermittent Intravenous Insulin Therapy (CIIIT)
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Perfusion Imaging of the Brain
  • Concurrent Care
  • Contraceptive Management
  • Diagnosis and Management of Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance (i.e., Clinical Ecology)
  • Electrocardiographic Body Surface Mapping
  • Endometrial Ablation
  • Endothelial Keratoplasty
  • Epithelial Cell Cytology in Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and High-Risk Patient Management (Ductal Lavage and Suction Collection Systems)
  • Genetic Testing for Cystic Fibrosis
  • Genetic Testing for Inherited Thrombophilia
  • Hemoglobin A1c
  • InflammaDry Test
  • Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy of the Breast and Lung
  • Intradialytic Parenteral Nutrition
  • Lipid Panels
  • Magnetic Esophageal Ring to Treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Non-contact Ultrasound Treatment of Wounds
  • Ocriplasmin for Symptomatic Vitreomacular Adhesion
  • Open and Thoracoscopic Approaches to Treat Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter (Maze and Related Procedures)
  • Paraspinal Surface Electromyography (SEMG) to Evaluate and Monitor Back Pain
  • Periureteral Bulking Agents for the Treatment of Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR)
  • Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy for Treatment of Esophageal Achalasia
  • Plasma HIV-1 RNA Quantification for HIV-1 Infection
  • Plugs for Fistula Repair
  • Radiation Oncology Services
  • Radioactive Seed Localization of Nonpalpable Breast Lesions
  • Radioembolization for Primary and Metastatic Tumors of the Liver
  • Radiofrequency Ablation of the Renal Sympathetic Nerves as a Treatment for Resistant Hypertension
  • Recombinant and Autologous Platelet-Derived Growth Factors for Wound Healing and Other Non‒Orthopedic Conditions
  • Retinal Telescreening for Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • Robotic Assisted Surgery – Reimbursement Policy
  • Thyroid Disease Testing
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS)
  • Urinary Tumor Markers for Bladder Cancer
  • Vagal Nerve Blocking Therapy for Treatment of Obesity
  • Wireless Capsule Endoscopy as a Diagnostic Technique in Disorders of the Small Bowel, Esophagus and Colon
  • Women’s Preventive Services


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