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1 CLINICAL POLICY CARDIOLOGY PROCEDURES REQUIRING PRECERTIFICATION Policy Number: CARDIOLOGY T2 Effective Date: May 1, 2015 Table of Contents CONDITIONS OF COVERAGE... COVERAGE RATIONALE... BENEFIT CONSIDERATIONS... BACKGROUND... APPLICABLE CODES... POLICY HISTORY/REVISION INFORMATION... Page Related Policies: Cardiology Procedures for CareCore National Arrangement Credentialing Guidelines: Participation in the Radiology Network Oxford's Outpatient Imaging Self-Referral Policy Radiology Procedures for CareCore National Arrangement Radiology Procedures Requiring Precertification The services described in Oxford policies are subject to the terms, conditions and limitations of the Member's contract or certificate. Unless otherwise stated, Oxford policies do not apply to Medicare Advantage enrollees. Oxford reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify policies as necessary without prior written notice unless otherwise required by Oxford's administrative procedures or applicable state law. The term Oxford includes Oxford Health Plans, LLC and all of its subsidiaries as appropriate for these policies. Certain policies may not be applicable to Self-Funded Members and certain insured products. Refer to the Member's plan of benefits or Certificate of Coverage to determine whether coverage is provided or if there are any exclusions or benefit limitations applicable to any of these policies. If there is a difference between any policy and the Member s plan of benefits or Certificate of Coverage, the plan of benefits or Certificate of Coverage will govern. CONDITIONS OF COVERAGE Applicable Lines of Business/Products Benefit Type Referral Required (Does not apply to non-gatekeeper products) Authorization Required (Precertification always required for inpatient admission) Precertification with Medical Director Review Required Applicable Site(s) of Service (If site of service is not listed, Medical Director review is required) This policy applies to Oxford Commercial plan membership. General Benefits Package No Yes 1 No Office, Outpatient 1

2 Special Considerations 1 Refer to the Benefit Considerations section for precertification guidelines for Members enrolled in: New York (NY) Large and Small groups, Connecticut (CT) Large and Small groups and New Jersey (NJ) Large groups with out-of-network benefits; and NJ Small group plans, NJ Individual plans, NJ School Board plans and NJ Municipality plans COVERAGE RATIONALE To pre-certify a cardiology procedure, please contact CareCore National via one of the three options listed below: Providers can call CareCore National at PRE-AUTH ( ) Providers can send a fax to CareCore National at Providers can log on to the CareCore National website ( Privileging and Accreditation Requirements: Participating providers will be reimbursed for radiology and cardiology services rendered in the office or in an outpatient setting. The following is a list of services that are payable to participating physicians based on their specialty as well as Accreditation/Certification requirements are required. Precertification is required. Note: Hospitals are currently excluded from the privileging and accreditation requirements below. Exception: Hospitals and Cardiologists who are currently participating in the Oxford network or wish to participate in the Oxford network and perform Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA) are required to complete the Coronary CT Angiography & Cardiac CT Professional Physician Practice Assessment (CT-PPPA) from CareCore National (CCN). Documents can be sent to a provider upon request or obtained on CareCore's website: and Privileging requirement for participating providers to perform Cardiac services: Modality Nuclear Medicine, Cardiac CT Scan, PET and MRI Privileged Radiologist Radiology center/facility Certified cardiologist Cardiovascular disease specialists Cardiovascular Disease Cardiology Group Pediatric cardiology Cardiology Clinical Cardiac Electro physician Cardiac Electrophysiology Accreditation requirement for participating providers to perform Cardiac services 2

3 Modality Nuclear Medicine Cardiac CT Scan, PET and MRI Certification Required American Board of Radiology (ABR), American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) or Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology (CBNC) ACR (American College of Radiology ) or IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission) Note: Radiology Centers and Hospitals which wish to render Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA), a Professional Physician Practice Assessment (PPPA) is required. Please see Credentialing Guidelines: Participation in the Radiology Network policy for additional information. Payment Guidelines: Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that are not subject to TC/PC component may be reimbursed to both the physician and facility when billed for the same date of service (DOS). ECG, diagnostic studies, and injection procedures must be billed in conjunction with an authorized cardiac catheterization code in order to be reimbursed on the same date of service. When billed in conjunction with an authorized cardiac catheterizations, no separate authorization will be required in addition to the catheterization code for these services. BENEFIT CONSIDERATIONS New York (NY) Large and Small groups, Connecticut (CT) Large and Small groups and NJ Large groups and have out-of-network benefits: Oxford commercial Members who have out-of-network benefits and who are part of New York Large and Small groups, Connecticut Large and Small groups and New Jersey Large groups also need to obtain pre-certification for Cardiac MRI, Cardiac PET, Cardiac CT and Nuclear Medicine studies when seeing an out-of-network provider. New Jersey (NJ) Small, NJ Individual, NJ School Board and NJ Municipality products: Services indicated as requiring a precertification (as indicated with a * or **) require medical necessity review. This review may be requested prior to service. If a medical necessity review is not requested by the provider prior to service, the medical necessity review will be conducted after the service is rendered with no penalty imposed for failure to request the review prior to rendering the service. It is the referring physician s responsibility to provide medical documentation to demonstrate clinical necessity for the study that is being requested (for review prior to service) or has been rendered (for review after service was provided). BACKGROUND Below is a list of the CPT codes that require precertification for commercial Members. Precertification is required for Cardiac Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT) Scans, Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Stress Testing, Cardiac Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans, Cardiac Catheterization (Elective Left, and Dual) and Echocardiogram and Stress Echocardiogram in the office and outpatient settings. Please note that other procedures may be added as necessary. Oxford commercial Members who have out-of-network benefits and who are part of New York Large and Small groups, Connecticut Large and Small groups and New Jersey Large groups, 3

4 also need to obtain pre-certification for Cardiac MRI, Cardiac PET, Cardiac CT and Nuclear Medicine studies when seeing an out-of-network provider. APPLICABLE CODES The codes listed in this policy are for reference purposes only. Listing of a service or device code in this policy does not imply that the service described by this code is a covered or non-covered health service. Coverage is determined by the Member s plan of benefits or Certificate of Coverage. This list of codes may not be all inclusive. Applicable CPT Codes CPT/ HCPCS Code Cardiac MRI for morphology and function without contrast material Cardiac MRI for morphology and function without contrast material; with stress imaging Cardiac MRI for morphology and function without contrast material(s), followed by contrast material(s) and further sequences Cardiac MRI for morphology and function without contrast material(s), followed by contrast material(s) and further sequences; with stress imaging Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for velocity flow mapping Note: Add on code will not require separate precertification in addition to primary procedure Computed tomography, heart, without contrast material, with quantitative evaluation of coronary calcium Computed tomography, heart, with contrast material, for evaluation of cardiac structure and morphology (including 3D image postprocessing, assessment of cardiac function, and evaluation of venous structures, if performed) Computed tomography, heart, with contrast material, for evaluation of cardiac structure and morphology in the setting of congenital heart disease (including 3D image postprocessing, assessment of LV cardiac function, RV structure and function and evaluation of venous structures, if performed) Computed tomographic angiography, heart, coronary arteries and bypass grafts (when present), with contrast material, including 3D image postprocessing (including evaluation of cardiac structure and morphology, assessment of cardiac function, and evaluation of venous structures, if performed) Effective for Claims with Dates of Service (on or after): Type MRI MRI MRI MRI MRI Cardiac CT Scan Cardiac CT Scan Cardiac CT Scan Cardiac CT Scan 4

5 CPT/ HCPCS Code Myocardial perfusion imaging, tomographic (SPECT) (including attenuation correction, qualitative or quantitative wall motion, ejection fraction by first pass or gated technique, additional quantification, when performed); single study, at rest or stress (exercise or pharmacologic) Myocardial perfusion imaging, tomographic (SPECT) (including attenuation correction, qualitative or quantitative wall motion, ejection fraction by first pass or gated technique, additional quantification, when performed); multiple studies, at rest and/or stress (exercise or pharmacologic) and/or redistribution and/or rest reinjection Myocardial perfusion imaging, planar (including qualitative or quantitative wall motion, ejection fraction by first pass or gated technique, additional quantification, when performed); single study, at rest or stress (exercise or pharmacologic) Myocardial perfusion imaging, planar (including qualitative or quantitative wall motion, ejection fraction by first pass or gated technique, additional quantification, when performed); multiple studies, at rest and/or stress (exercise or pharmacologic) and/or redistribution and/or rest reinjection Myocardial imaging, positron emission tomography (pet) metabolic eval Myocardial imaging, positron emission tomography (PET), perfusion; single study at rest or stress Myocardial imaging, positron emission tomography (PET), perfusion; multiple studies at rest or stress Left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, imaging supervision and interpretation, when performed Combined right and left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, imaging supervision and interpretation, when performed supervision and interpretation Effective for Claims with Dates of Service (on or after): Type Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine PET Scan PET Scan PET Scan 5

6 CPT/ HCPCS Code supervision and interpretation; with catheter placement(s) in bypass graft(s) (internal mammary, free arterial venous grafts) including intraprocedural injection(s) for bypass graft angiography supervision and interpretation; with right heart catheterization supervision and interpretation; with catheter placement(s) in bypass graft(s) (internal mammary, free arterial, venous grafts) including intraprocedural injection(s) for bypass graft angiography and right heart catheterization supervision and interpretation; with left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, when performed supervision and interpretation; with left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, when performed, catheter placement(s) in bypass graft(s) (internal mammary, free arterial, venous grafts) with bypass graft angiography supervision and interpretation; with right and left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, when performed Effective for Claims with Dates of Service (on or after): Type 6

7 CPT/ HCPCS Code supervision and interpretation; with right and left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, when performed, catheter placement(s) in bypass graft(s) (internal mammary, free arterial, venous grafts) with bypass graft angiography Left heart catheterization by transseptal puncture through intact septum or by transapical puncture Note: Add on code will not require separate precertification in addition to primary procedure Transthoracic echocardiography for congenital cardiac anomalies Transthoracic echocardiography for congenital cardiac anomalies; follow-up or limited study Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording, when performed, complete, with spectral Doppler echocardiography, and with color flow Doppler echocardiography Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording, when performed, complete, without spectral or color Doppler echocardiography Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording, when performed, follow-up or limited study Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording, when performed, during rest and cardiovascular stress test using treadmill, bicycle exercise and/or pharmacologically induced stress, with interpretation and report Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording, when performed, during rest and cardiovascular stress test using treadmill, bicycle exercise and/or pharmacologically induced stress, with interpretation and report; including performance of continuous electrocardiographic monitoring, with supervision by a physician or other qualified health care professional Effective for Claims with Dates of Service (on or after): Type 04/01/2014 Echocardiogram 04/01/2014 Echocardiogram 04/01/2014 Echocardiogram 04/01/2014 Echocardiogram 04/01/2014 Echocardiogram 04/01/ /01/2014 Stress Echocardiogram Stress Echocardiogram.CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association 7

8 Catheterization Crosswalk The chart below contains a mapping of CPT codes that are interchangeable for prior authorization. If a Provider obtains prior authorization for a procedure that corresponds with the Crosswalk Table, then the substitution is appropriate. Authorized code Left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, imaging supervision and interpretation, when performed Combined right and left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, imaging supervision and interpretation, when performed coronary angiography, imaging supervision and interpretation coronary angiography, imaging supervision and interpretation; with catheter placement(s) in bypass graft(s) (internal mammary, free arterial, venous grafts) including intraprocedural injection(s) for bypass graft angiography coronary angiography, imaging supervision and interpretation; with right heart catheterization coronary angiography, imaging supervision and interpretation; with catheter placement(s) in bypass graft(s) (internal mammary, free arterial, venous grafts) including intraprocedural injection(s) for bypass graft angiography and right heart catheterization coronary angiography, imaging supervision and interpretation; with left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, when performed coronary angiography, imaging supervision and interpretation; with left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, when performed, catheter placement(s) in bypass graft(s) (internal mammary, free arterial, venous grafts) with bypass graft angiography coronary angiography, imaging supervision and interpretation; with right and left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, when performed Code Billed ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

9 Authorized code coronary angiography, imaging supervision and interpretation; with right and left heart catheterization including intraprocedural injection(s) for left ventriculography, when performed, catheter placement(s) in bypass graft(s) (internal mammary, free arterial, venous grafts) with bypass graft angiography Code Billed Echocardiogram and Stress Echocardiogram Crosswalk The chart below contains a mapping of CPT codes that are interchangeable for prior authorization. If a Provider obtains prior authorization for a procedure that corresponds with the Crosswalk Table, then the substitution is appropriate. Prior Authorization given for this CPT code Claim is submitted with this CPT code CPT CPT Description CPT Transthoracic echocardiography for congenital cardiac anomalies; complete 93304; Transthoracic echocardiography for congenital cardiac 93303; anomalies; follow-up or limited study Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time w/image documentation, includes M-mode recording, when performed, complete, with spectral Doppler echocardiography, and w/color flow Doppler echocardiography Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D) includes M-mode recording, when performed, complete, without spectral or color Doppler echocardiography Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D) includes M-mode recording, when performed, follow-up or limited study Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording, when performed, during rest and cardiovascular stress test using treadmill, bicycle exercise and/or pharmacologically induced stress, with interpretation Echocardiography, transthoracic, real-time with image documentation (2D), includes M-mode recording, when performed, during rest and cardiovascular stress test using treadmill, bicycle exercise and/or pharmacologically induced stress, with interpretation POLICY HISTORY/REVISION INFORMATION Date Action/Description Updated conditions of coverage/special considerations; o Removed and relocated language detailing authorization requirements for New York (NY) Large and Small groups, 05/01/2015 Connecticut (CT) Large and Small groups and New Jersey (NJ) Large groups with out-of-network benefits; added reference link to the Benefits Considerations section of the policy for details on applicable precertification guidelines ; ; ; ; ; ;

10 Updated benefit considerations; added language to indicate New York (NY) Large and Small groups, Connecticut (CT) Large and Small groups, and New Jersey (NJ) Large groups with out-ofnetwork benefits also need to obtain precertification for cardiac MRI, cardiac PET, cardiac CT and nuclear medicine studies when performed by an out-of-network provider Archived previous policy version CARDIOLOGY T2 10

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