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


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 pre-service clinical review requests to AIM in one of several ways:


  • Access AIM’s ProviderPortalSM directly at providerportal.com. 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 availity.com.
  • Call the AIM Contact Center toll-free number: 866-714-1107, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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


Please note, this program does not apply to the Federal Employee Program® (FEP®).

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October 2018 Anthem New Hampshire Provider Newsletter