LiverMultiScan® has achieved nationwide payer coverage for diagnosis and management of NAFLD and other established chronic liver diseases
- March 14, 2022
- NAFLD, NASH, Liver Disease, LiverMultiScan
Dallas, Texas – Effective March 13, 2022. AIM Specialty Health deems LiverMultiScan® medically necessary for evaluating diffuse liver diseases, covering over 77 million US lives. This new AIM Advanced Imaging guideline includes the stand-alone CPT Code 0648T used when billing for the LiverMultiScan procedure.
“These advances in coverage and reimbursement for LiverMultiScan procedures have the potential to help change the paradigm of liver disease care by providing broader access to patients eligible in California,” Mazen Noureddin, MD, MHSc, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.
LiverMultiScan is a non-invasive MRI technology that delivers a clear picture of liver health in one single scan through three key metrics - fibro-inflammation, fat, and iron - and may be an alternative to liver biopsy.1 Studies have demonstrated that LiverMultiScan is a non-invasive, clinically accurate diagnostic for identifying patients with disease activity at the point where the disease is still reversable.2 With broad coverage and reimbursement options available, more than ever before, clinicians and patients can conquer liver disease through rapid and reliable imaging with LiverMultiScan.
The new guidance directs Radiology Benefit Management decisions within the following health plans: Anthem (California, New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada, Virginia), BlueCross BlueShield Alabama, BlueCross BlueShield Arkansas, BlueCross BlueShield Louisiana, BlueCross BlueShield Massachusetts, BlueCross BlueShield North Carolina, LifeWise Health Plans, Premera, and Pacificsource.
In addition, the following Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have updated Hospital Outpatient fee schedules to include reimbursement of LiverMultiScan when ordered and billed as a stand-alone procedure under CPT Code 0648T: Novitas Solutions, National Government Services, Palmetto GBA, and First Coast Service Options.
Additionally, the Perspectum Coverage Support (PCS) Program assists and increases patient access to the LiverMultiScan through submission for prior authorization and patient-based appeals.
Access the New AIM Advanced Imaging guideline.
Perspectum, a global medical technology company with offices in the U.K., the U.S., Portugal and Singapore, delivers leading digital technologies that help clinicians provide better care for patients with chronic metabolic diseases, multi-organ pathology and cancer. With a strong focus on precision medicine using advanced imaging and genetics, our vision is to empower patients and clinicians through quantitative assessments of health enabling early detection, diagnosis and targeted treatment. With a diverse team of physicians, biomedical scientists, engineers, and technologists, Perspectum offers a way to manage complex health problems at scale.
1. Dennis, A., et al. (2021). Correlations between MRI biomarkers PDFF and cT1 with histopathological features of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 11, 575843. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fendo.2020.575843
2. Andersson, A., et al. (2021). Clinical utility of MRI biomarkers for identifying NASH patients at high risk of progression: A multi-center pooled data and meta-analysis. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. S1542-3565(21)01056-9. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cgh.2021.09.041
Dr. Noureddin is a paid consultant for Perspectum.
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