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.

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Notifications
The following Independence Blue Cross Medicare Advantage policies have been posted prior to their effective date.
MA00.049, Consultation Services
Notification: 05/03/2018 | Effective: 08/01/2018 | Posted: 05/03/2018
Type of policy change: This is a new policy.

MA03.003e, Modifier 25: Significant, Separately Identifiable Evaluation and Management Service by the Same Physician or Other Qualified Health Care Professional on the Same Day of the Procedure or Other Service
Notification: 05/03/2018 | Effective: 08/01/2018 | Posted: 05/03/2018
Type of policy change: Coverage and/or Reimbursement Position


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.
MA05.013c, Knee Orthoses
Notification: 04/06/2018 | Effective: 05/07/2018 | Posted: 05/07/2018
Type of policy change: Coverage and/or Reimbursement Position; Medical Necessity Criteria; Medical Coding; General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update

MA05.006c, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulators (TENS) and Associated Supplies
Notification: 04/04/2018 | Effective: 05/07/2018 | Posted: 05/07/2018
Type of policy change: Medical Coding

MA07.003d, Photodynamic Therapy Using Verteporfin (Visudyne®)
Notification: 04/04/2018 | Effective: 05/07/2018 | Posted: 05/07/2018
Type of policy change: Medical Coding; General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update

MA11.069b, Reduction Mammoplasty
Effective: 05/07/2018 | Posted: 05/07/2018
Type of policy change: Medical Coding; General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update

MA07.043a, Smell and Taste Dysfunction Testing
Effective: 05/07/2018 | Posted: 05/07/2018
Type of policy change: General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update

MA10.008a, Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Effective: 05/07/2018 | Posted: 05/07/2018
Type of policy change: Medical Coding

MA11.067d, Labiaplasty
Effective: 05/14/2018 | Posted: 05/14/2018
Type of policy change: General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update

MA06.006d, Lyme Disease: Diagnosis and Intravenous (IV) Antibiotic Treatment
Notification: 04/18/2018 | Effective: 05/21/2018 | Posted: 05/21/2018
Type of policy change: Coverage and/or Reimbursement Position; Medical Coding; General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update

MA11.048c, Lumbar Interspinous Process Decompression System
Notification: 04/18/2018 | Effective: 05/21/2018 | Posted: 05/21/2018

MA08.004k, Coagulation Factors
Effective: 05/28/2018 | Posted: 05/25/2018
Type of policy change: Coverage and/or Reimbursement Position; Medical Necessity Criteria; Medical Coding; General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update


Reissue Policies
The following Medicare Advantage policies have been reviewed, and no substantive changes were made.
MA11.013a, Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Closure for Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation (NVAF)
Reissue Effective: 05/09/2018 | Reissue Posted: 05/09/2018

MA05.002c, Hospital Beds and Accessories
Reissue Effective: 05/09/2018 | Reissue Posted: 05/09/2018

MA11.040b, Transcatheter Closure of Cardiac Septal Defects
Reissue Effective: 05/09/2018 | Reissue Posted: 05/09/2018

MA11.027c, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)
Reissue Effective: 05/09/2018 | Reissue Posted: 05/09/2018

MA05.017a, Home Oxygen Therapy
Reissue Effective: 05/09/2018 | Reissue Posted: 05/09/2018

MA07.014, Magnetic Pelvic Floor Stimulation (MPFS)
Reissue Effective: 05/23/2018 | Reissue Posted: 05/23/2018

MA09.015, Positron Emission Mammography (PEM)
Reissue Effective: 05/23/2018 | Reissue Posted: 05/23/2018

MA07.011a, Topical Oxygenation
Reissue Effective: 05/23/2018 | Reissue Posted: 05/23/2018

MA07.015a, Evaluation and Management (E&M) of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy with Loss of Protective Sensation (LOPS)
Reissue Effective: 05/23/2018 | Reissue Posted: 05/23/2018

MA11.100c, Balloon Catheter Dilation of Sinus Ostia for Treatment of Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Reissue Effective: 05/23/2018 | Reissue Posted: 05/23/2018

MA05.014a, Ostomy Supplies
Reissue Effective: 05/23/2018 | Reissue Posted: 05/23/2018


Archived Policies
Independence Blue Cross has determined that it is no longer necessary for the following Medicare Advantage policy to remain active.
MA01.002, Preoperative Consultations Performed by Providers in Anesthesia Specialties
Notification: 05/03/2018 | Archive Effective: 08/01/2018 | Posted: 05/03/2018

MA05.039a, Non-Implantable Pelvic Floor Electrical Stimulator
Notification: 05/25/2018 | Archive Effective: 06/25/2018 | Posted: 05/25/2018










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