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Cigna September 2017 Medical Policy Updates

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Policy Updates September 2017

Medical Coverage Policy
No updates for September 2017.
Pharmacy (Drugs & Biologics) Policies
Unless otherwise noted, the following pharmacy (drugs & biologics) coverage policies were modified effective September 15, 2017:
Ivacaftor, Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor – (1207) Modified
  • Important changes in coverage criteria:
    • Added coverage to align to FDA-approved expanded indication for additional cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene mutations.
    • Removed trade name from title.
Oncology Medications – (1403) Modified
  • Important change in coverage criteria:
    • Added Idhifa (enasidenib).
Pharmacy Prior Authorization – (1407) Modified
  • Important changes in coverage criteria:
    • Added criteria for:
      • Adrenaclick
      • Auvi-Q
      • EpiPen
      • EpiPen Jr.
      • Relistor tablet
Rituximab for Non-Oncology Indications – (5108) Modified
  • Important changes in coverage criteria:
    • Added statement that rituximab is experimental, investigational, or unproven (EIU) for:
      • lupus nephritis
      • membranous nephropathy
      • multiple sclerosis
      • myasthenia gravis
      • Sjogren’s Syndrome
      • systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
    • Added statement that Rituxan Hycela is EIU for non-oncology indications.
    • Removed trade name from title.
Step Therapy – (1109) Modified
  • Important change in coverage criteria:
    • Removed epinephrine auto-injector class.
Administrative Policies
Abortion – (A006)


  • New policy, effective September 21, 2017:
    • Clarifies definitions and codes associated with abortion.
    • Retiring Abortion T107 Tool to Administer Benefit Standards (TABS).
Preventive Care Services – (A004) Modified
  • Important changes:
    • CPT codes 86480 and 86481
    • Adults at risk
  • Removed reference to HPV vaccine gender edit.

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