Site Activity
This page provides a monthly listing of publication activity on the Medical Policy Portal including Policy Notifications, New Policies, Updated Policies, Coding Updates, Reissued Policies, and Archived Policies. To view publication activity from prior months, select Past Site Activity.

Past Site Activity
 
                                                                                                        

Notifications
The following Independence Blue Cross Medicare Advantage policies have been posted prior to their effective date.
MA05.052b, Canes and Crutches
Notification: 02/08/2017 | Effective: 03/10/2017 | Posted: 02/08/2017
Type of policy change: Coverage and/or Reimbursement Position

MA05.036b, Commode Chairs
Notification: 02/22/2017 | Effective: 03/24/2017 | Posted: 02/22/2017
Type of policy change: Coverage and/or Reimbursement Position

MA05.047b, Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Primary Snoring in Adults
Notification: 02/24/2017 | Effective: 03/24/2017 | Posted: 02/24/2017
Type of policy change: Medical Coding; General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update


Updated Policies
The following Medicare Advantage policies have been reviewed and updated to communicate current coverage and/or reimbursement positions, reporting requirements, and other procedures for doing business with Independence Blue Cross.
MA05.030c, Spinal Orthoses
Effective: 02/08/2017 | Posted: 02/08/2017
Type of policy change: General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update

MA05.048a, Bladder Stimulators (Pacemakers)
Effective: 02/10/2017 | Posted: 02/10/2017
Type of policy change: Medical Coding

MA02.001a, Hospice Care
Effective: 02/10/2017 | Posted: 02/10/2017
Type of policy change: General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update

MA00.042a, Humanitarian Use Devices (HUDs)
Effective: 02/22/2017 | Posted: 02/22/2017
Type of policy change: General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update

MA05.040a, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approval of Medical Devices
Effective: 02/22/2017 | Posted: 02/22/2017
Type of policy change: General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update

MA11.010a, Abortion
Effective: 02/22/2017 | Posted: 02/22/2017
Type of policy change: Medical Coding; General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update


Reissue Policies
The following Medicare Advantage policies have been reviewed, and no substantive changes were made.
MA05.037, Walkers
Reissue Effective: 02/01/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/02/2017

MA07.045a, Microvolt T-Wave Alternans (MTWA)
Reissue Effective: 02/02/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/02/2017

MA05.015a, Home Blood Glucose Monitors and Supplies
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA05.033, External Breast Prosthesis
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA05.009, Cervical Traction Devices for In-home Use
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA05.035a, Cold Therapy Devices
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA05.029, Heating Pads and Heat Lamps
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA11.039b, Cochlear Implantation
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA11.034, Collagen Meniscus Implant
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA05.039a, Non-Implantable Pelvic Floor Electrical Stimulator
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA05.059, Electrical Continence Aid
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA07.060, Oral and Maxillofacial Prosthesis
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA11.049b, Bone-Anchored (Osseointegrated) Hearing Aids and Implantable Middle Ear Hearing Aids
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA11.065c, Endometrial Ablation
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA11.045b, Uterine Artery Embolization
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA11.059, Arthroscopic Lavage and Arthroscopic Debridement for the Osteoarthritic Knee
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA11.066a, Ovarian and Internal Iliac Vein Embolization as Treatment for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA11.102d, Denervation of the Spinal Nerves for Chronic Pain
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017

MA11.104a, Lacrimal Punctum Plugs
Reissue Effective: 02/15/2017 | Reissue Posted: 02/16/2017


Coding Update
The following Medicare Advantage policies have been reviewed and updated to add new and revised medical codes (e.g., ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis codes; CPT® and HCPCS codes; revenue codes) and/or remove terminated medical codes.
MA06.017g, Molecular Diagnostics
Effective: 02/01/2017 | Posted: 02/01/2017

MA11.037b, Use of an Operating Microscope During a Surgical Procedure
Effective: 01/01/2017 | Posted: 02/06/2017

MA00.019c, Radiologic Guidance of a Procedure
Effective: 01/01/2017 | Posted: 02/06/2017

MA00.010l, PPO Network Rules for Provision of Specialty Services for Durable Medical Equipment and Laboratory, Radiology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitative Services
Effective: 01/01/2017 | Posted: 02/06/2017

MA00.030g, Laboratory Services for Members Enrolled in Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or Health Maintenance Organization Point-of-Service (HMO-POS) Products
Effective: 02/01/2017 | Posted: 02/06/2017

MA00.029d, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services Eligible for Reimbursement Above Capitation to Physical and Occupational Therapy (PT/OT) Providers for Members Enrolled in Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or Health Maintenance Organization Point-of-Service (HMO-POS) Products
Effective: 01/01/2017 | Posted: 02/06/2017










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