Advanced imaging appropriate use criteria: Imaging of the heart

Effective for dates of service on and after January 28, 2019, the following updates will apply to the AIM Specialty Health© (AIM), a separate company, clinical appropriateness guidelines: advanced imaging appropriate use criteria: imaging of the heart:


Carotid duplex ultrasound

  • Criteria removed for evaluation of syncope in patients with suspected extracranial arterial disease
  • New criteria address evaluation of TAVR (TAVI) in patients with suspected or established extracranial arterial disease

Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), stress echocardiography, cardiac PET, and coronary CT angiography (CCTA)

  • Clarifications address exercise-induced syncope and exercise-induced dizziness, lightheadedness or near syncope in symptomatic patients with suspected coronary artery disease

MPI, stress echocardiography, cardiac PET

  • Criteria added to allow annual surveillance of coronary artery disease in patients with established CAD post-cardiac transplant
  • Clarified definition of established coronary artery disease when diagnosed by CCTA
    • More restrictive for patients diagnosed with coronary artery disease by prior coronary angiography, as FFR must be ≤0.8
    • More permissive for patients diagnosed with coronary artery disease by CCTA with FFR ≤0.8 (patients previously excluded)

Resting transthoracic echocardiography (TTE)

  • New criteria for evaluation of ventricular function in patients who have undergone cardiac transplantation.

Cardiac MRI

  • New criteria allows for annual study to quantify cardiac iron load in chronically ill patients with cardiomyopathy who require frequent blood transfusions (e.g., thalassemia)
  • Removed allowance for annual LV function evaluation when echocardiography is suboptimal

As a reminder, ordering and servicing providers may submit prior authorization requests to AIM in one of several ways:

  • Access AIM’s ProviderPortalSM directly at Online access is available 24/7 to process orders in real-time, and is the fastest and most convenient way to request authorization.
  • Access AIM via the Availity Web Portal at
  • Call the AIM Contact Center toll-free number: 1-800-554-0580, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET.


For questions related to guidelines, please contact AIM via email at Additionally, you may access and download a copy of the current guidelines on AIM’s website.

Please note, this program does not apply to FEP.

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October 2018 Anthem Missouri Provider Newsletter