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Cigna July 2017 Medical Policy Updates

Cigna July 2017 Medical Policy Updates
Cigna Medical Policy Updates

Cigna July 2017 Medical Policy Updates

 

Cigna July 2017 Medical Policy Updates »

The following Medical Policies have been updated;

July 2017

MEDICAL COVERAGE POLICY
Unless otherwise noted, the following medical coverage policies were modified effective July 15, 2017:
Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer Susceptibility Syndromes – (0518) Modified
  • Important change in coverage criteria:
    • Added coverage for testing for hereditary paraganglioma-pheochromocytoma (PGL/PCC) syndrome.
Tumor Profiling, Gene Expression Assays, and Molecular Diagnostic Testing for Hematology/Oncology Indications – (0520) Modified
  • Important change in coverage criteria:
    • Updated criteria for diagnostic testing for primary myelofibrosis.
Policies Status Details
PHARMACY (DRUGS & BIOLOGICS) POLICIES

Unless otherwise noted, the following pharmacy (drugs & biologics) coverage policies were modified effective July 15, 2017:
Canakinumab – (1110) Modified
  • Important changes in coverage criteria:
    • Added criteria (consistent with interim approach) for:
      • Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF)
      • Hyperimmunoglobulin D (Hyper-IgD) syndrome (HIDS)/mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD)
      • Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS)
Drugs / Biologics Not Covered Unless Approved Under Medical Necessity Review – Employer Group Plans: Standard Prescription Drug List and Performance Prescription Drug List – (1601) Modified
  • Important changes in coverage criteria, effective July 1, 2017:
    • Updated criteria (consistent with interim approach) for:
      • Jardiance
      • Synjardy/Synjardy XR
      • Glyxambi
    • Added criteria for:
      • metformin ER tablets (generic for Glumetza)
      • Gelnique (consistent with interim approach)
      • Adlyxin
      • Basaglar
    • Updated criteria for Belbuca:
      • Reflects generic availability of Butrans® (buprenorphine transdermal patch)
    • Updated criteria for Aplenzin, Wellbutrin XL, Cymbalta, Lexapro, and Pexeva® to reflect the availability of generic Pristiq
      • Removed requirement of brand Pristiq and added the generic, desvenlafaxine succinate ER, to the list of alternatives.
Drugs / Biologics Not Covered Unless Approved Under Medical Necessity Review – Employer Group Plans: Value Prescription Drug List and Advantage Prescription Drug List – (1602) Modified
  • Important changes in coverage criteria, effective July 1, 2017:
    • Updated criteria for Vytorin (ezetimibe/simvastatin) to reflect generic availability.
    • Updated criteria (consistent with interim approach) for:
      • Jardiance
      • Synjardy/Synjardy XR
      • Glyxambi
    • Removed criteria (consistent with interim approach) for:
      • Farxiga
      • Xigduo
    • Added criteria for:
      • metformin ER tablets (generic for Glumetza)
      • Gelnique (consistent with interim approach)
      • Adlyxin
      • Basaglar
      • Updated criteria for Belbuca:
        • Reflects generic availability of Butrans (buprenorphine transdermal patch)
      • Updated criteria for Aplenzin, Wellbutrin XL, Cymbalta, Lexapro, and Pexeva to reflect the availability of generic Pristiq
        • Removed requirement of brand Pristiq and added the generic, desvenlafaxine succinate ER, to the list of alternatives.
Eculizumab – (1103) Modified
  • Important change in coverage criteria:
    • Added criteria requiring meningococcal vaccine for paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH).
Hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection – (1108) Modified
  • Important change in coverage criteria:
    • Removed Delalutin criteria based on business decision to remove from medical precertification.
Octreotide – (5015) Modified
  • Important change in coverage criteria:
    • Reinstated criteria for oncology uses.
Oncology Medications – (1403) Modified
  • Important change in coverage criteria:
    • Added criteria to not allow concomitant administration of Xtandi with Zytiga.
    • Removed Octreotide:
Policies Status Details
CIGNA-EVICORE COBRANDED IMAGING GUIDELINES

Updated 20 (Adult and Pediatric for each) Cigna-eviCore Cobranded Imaging Guidelineseffective July 14, 2017:
  • Abdomen
  • Cardiac
  • Chest
  • Head
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neck
  • Pelvis
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders (PND)
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
  • Spine
Policies Status Details
ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES

No updates for July 2017.
Policies Status Details
CAREALLIES MEDICAL NECESSITY GUIDELINES

Various Modified Nine policies have been posted to the CareAllies Medical Necessity Guidelines (CAMNG).

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Policies Status Details
PRECERTIFICATION POLICIES*

No updates for July 2017.
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REIMBURSEMENT POLICIES*

Updates have been made to the following:
R27 Related Services Supplies Drugs and Equipment New
R12 Facility Routine Services, Supplies and Equipment

R15 Respiratory Services and Supplies

Modified
Policies Status Details
CLAIM EDITING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES*

CLAIMSXTEN
No updates for July 2017
Policies Status Details
POLICIES WITH A REDUCTION IN COVERAGE

We are changing how we reimburse providers as follows:.
R27 Related Services, Supplies, Drugs, and Equipment

CP 0160 Electrical Stimulation Therapy and Devices

Effective July 9, 2017, we will implement a new policy, Related Services, Supplies, Drugs, and Equipment (R27), and deny reimbursement for supplies associated with Electrical Stimulation Therapy and Devices (0160) if the claim for the device was previously denied.

The update will apply to claims processed on or after July 9, 2017, whether the supplies are billed with the device or separately.

R12 Facility Routine Services, Supplies and Equipment

R15 Respiratory Services and Supplies

Effective July 24, 2017, and consistent with our reimbursement policies, we will not separately reimburse for point-of-care services performed by nursing and other ancillary staff at inpatient facilities. Point-of-care services are services provided at the patient bedside or near the site of patient care (for example, rapid diagnostic testing). These services are included in the reimbursement for inpatient room and board.

The update will apply to claims processed on or after July 24, 2017.

 

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