United Healthcare October 2017 Medical Policy Updates

United Healthcare Medical Policy Updates
United Healthcare Medical Policy Updates

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United Healthcare posts October 2017 Medical Policy Updates:

Medical Policy Updates

NEW

  • Carrier Testing for Genetic Diseases – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Molecular Oncology Testing for Cancer Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment Decisions – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Pharmacogenetic Testing – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Whole Exome and Whole Genome Sequencing – Effective Nov. 1, 2017

 

UPDATED

  • Autologous Chondrocyte Transplantation in the Knee – Effective Oct. 1, 2017
  • Attended Polysomnography for Evaluation of Sleep Disorders – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Bariatric Surgery – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty – Effective Oct. 1, 2017
  • Preterm Labor Management – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Sensory Integration Therapy and Auditory Integration Training – Effective Oct. 1, 2017
  • Virtual Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy – Effective Oct. 1, 2017
  • Visual Information Processing Evaluation and Orthoptic and Vision Therapy – Effective Oct. 1, 2017
  • Warming Therapy and Ultrasound Therapy for Wounds – Effective Oct. 1, 2017

 

REVISED

  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding and Uterine Fibroids – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Gene Expression Tests for Cardiac Indications – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Neurophysiologic Testing and Monitoring – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Omnibus Codes – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders – Effective Oct. 1, 2017
  • Transcatheter Heart Valve Procedures – Effective Nov. 1, 2017

 

RETIRED/REPLACED

  • Genetic Testing – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Helicobacter Pylori Serology Testing – Effective Oct. 1, 2017
  • Magnetoencephalography and Magnetic Source Imaging for Specific Neurological Applications – Effective Oct. 1, 2017
  • Molecular Profiling to Guide Cancer Treatment – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Wearable Cardioverter-Defibrillators – Effective Oct. 1, 2017

 

Medical Benefit Drug Policy Updates

NEW

  • Ilaris® (Canakinumab) – Effective Jan. 1, 2018
  • Review at Launch for New to Market Medications – Effective Jan. 1, 2018

 

UPDATED

  • Infliximab (Remicade®, Inflectra™, Renflexis™) – Effective Oct. 1, 2017

 

REVISED

  • Exondys 51™ (Eteplirsen) – Effective Dec. 1, 2017
  • Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Analogs – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Hereditary Angioedema (HAE), Treatment and Prophylaxis – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Maximum Dosage – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Ocrevus™ (Ocrelizumab) – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Oncology Medication Clinical Coverage – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Orencia® (Abatacept) Injection for Intravenous Infusion – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Respiratory Interleukins (Cinqair® and Nucala®) – Effective Dec. 1, 2017
  • Xolair® (Omalizumab) – Effective Dec. 1, 2017

 

Coverage Determination Guideline (CDG) Updates

UPDATED

  • Infertility Services – Effective Oct. 1, 2017

 

REVISED

  • Blepharoplasty, Blepharoptosis and Brow Ptosis Repair – Effective Dec. 1, 2017
  • Panniculectomy and Body Contouring Procedures – Effective Nov. 1, 2017
  • Preventive Care Services – Effective Oct. 1, 2017

 

Utilization Review Guideline (URG) Updates

REVISED

  • Immune Globulin Site of Care Review Guidelines for Medical Necessity of Hospital Outpatient Facility Infusion – Effective Nov. 1, 2017

 

Quality of Care Guideline (QOCG) Updates

UPDATED

  • Hospital Readmissions – Effective Oct. 1, 2017

 

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