The Medical Policies, Clinical Utilization Management (UM) Guidelines and Third Party Criteria below were developed and/or revised to support clinical coding edits. Note, several policies and guidelines were revised to provide clarification only and are not included. Existing precertification requirements have not changed. Please note: The Medical Policies and Clinical UM Guidelines below are followed in the absence of Medicare guidance.


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Updates marked with an asterisk (*) notate that the criteria may be perceived as more restrictive.

  • *SURG.00028 - Surgical and Minimally Invasive Treatments for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
    • o Revised scope of document to only address benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
    • o Revised medically necessary criteria for transurethral incision of the prostate by adding "prostate volume less the 30 mL”
    • o Added transurethral convective water vapor thermal ablation in individuals with prostate volume less than 80 mL and waterjet tissue ablation as medically necessary indication
    • o Moved transurethral radiofrequency needle ablation from medically necessary to not medically necessary section
    • o Moved placement of prostatic stents from standalone statement to combined not medically necessary statement
  • *SURG.00037 - Treatment of Varicose Veins (Lower Extremities)
    • o Added the anterior accessory great saphenous vein (AAGSV) as medically necessary for ablation techniques when criteria are met
    • o Added language to the medically necessary criteria for ablation techniques addressing variant anatomy
    • o Added limits to retreatment to the medically necessary criteria for all procedures
  • *SURG.00047 - Transendoscopic Therapy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Dysphagia and Gastroparesis
    • o Expanded scope to include gastroparesis
    • o Added gastric peroral endoscopic myotomy or peroral pyloromyotomy as investigational and not medically necessary
  • *SURG.00097 - Vertebral Body Stapling and Tethering for the Treatment of Scoliosis in Children and Adolescents
    • o Expanded scope of document to include vertebral body tethering
    • o Added vertebral body tethering as investigational and not medically necessary
  • *CG-LAB-14 - Respiratory Viral Panel Testing in the Outpatient Setting
    • o Clarified that respiratory viral panel (RVP) testing in the outpatient setting is medically necessary when using limited panels involving 5 targets or less when criteria are met
    • o Added RVP testing in the outpatient setting using large panels involving 6 or more targets as not medically necessary
  • *CG-MED-68 - Therapeutic Apheresis
    • o Added diagnostic criteria to the condition "chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy" (CIDP) when it is treated by plasmapheresis or immunoadsorption

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