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United Healthcare (UHC) Maintains Coverage of Balloon Sinus Ostial Dilation

Tuesday, January 20, 2015   (0 Comments)
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In July, United Healthcare reached out to the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) requesting input for its draft balloon sinus ostial dilation medical policy. The Academy’s Rhinology Paranasal Sinus Committee and Physician Payment Policy (3P) workgroup quickly reviewed the draft policy to provide UHC comments by their August deadline. As part of an ongoing collaborative effort, UHC held a conference call with Academy leaders, including experts in rhinology, to discuss the proposed policy with their highest level policy leaders. After a collegial and detailed discussion about the benefits of balloon sinus ostial dilation as an alternative to endoscopic sinus surgery, UHC has decided to continue covering the procedure with a new policy effective April 1, 2015. For questions about the policy, contact the Health Policy team.

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