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UHC Commercial and Exchange Plans: update to Radiology Prior Auth List

As of December 1,2021 the following codes will be added to the radiology prior authorization list. These codes will require an authorization for DOS 12/01/2021 and thereafter.

The prior authorization for these codes WILL NOT APPLY TO The following situations: if the advanced imaging is done in-

  • Emergency room
  • Urgent care center
  • Observation unit
  • Inpatient stay

In case you missed it:

In June 2021, UHC also added more Radiology and Cardiology codes on the Prior Authorization List. These codes apply to UnitedHealthCare Community Plan, Medicare Advantage, commercial and exchange Plans

For complete details on the radiology protocol, refer to the currentĀ UnitedHealthcare Administrative Guide

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My name is Kate Patskovska, CPB. I am an Independent Medical Biller CPB (AAPC) and an owner of KR2 Medical Billing. KR2 Medical Billing is a full service Consulting/Medical Billing Business that is dedicated to educating, consulting, and overall improving the "financial health" of your medical practice.

2 thoughts on “UHC Commercial and Exchange Plans: update to Radiology Prior Auth List

  1. Excellent blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get advice from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

    1. The best place would be AAPC discussion boards. However, I think you have to be part of AAPC in order to see that info and participate in them. Outside of that I am not sure where else you can look. Sorry.

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