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HealthPartners Medical Policy Updates – May 2018

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May 2018 Medical Policy Updates

  • Physical and occupational therapy – rehabilitative
  • Cranial remolding helmet/band and protective helmet
  • Cranial remolding helmet/band and protective helmet – Minnesota Health Care Programs
  • DME Benefits Grid
  • Transplants
  • Medical necessity
  • Speech therapy – rehabilitative
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Flutter device
  • Investigational Services – list of noncovered services
  • Chronic Pain – Multidisciplinary Intensive Day Treatment Programs

Added 5/14/2018;


May 2018 Pharmacy Policy Updates

Changes for Commercial and State Programs include several updates for opioid medications, starting July 2, 2018:

  1. The first opioid prescription for members will be limited to a 7-day supply. Members starting therapy with opioid medications are also limited to a 14-day supply per episode. This limit is intended to allow one refill. Prior authorization is required for longer therapy.
  2. The cumulative daily dose of opioids will be limited. This expands our current dose limit to include all opioid prescriptions. Current limits are for individual drugs and allow multiple prescriptions. This expansion “rolls up” the dose limit to include all opioid medications. Prior authorization is required when the cumulative opioid dose is equal or greater than 90 morphine-equivalents per day.
  3. Long-acting opioids will require prior authorization for members with new prescriptions.
  4. Codeine and tramadol is non-formulary for younger children <= age 11.
  5. Codeine cough syrups are non-formulary for younger children <= age 17.


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