UnitedHealthcare removes 4 spinal surgery codes in effort to cut prior authorization by 20%
By Admin | August 14, 2023
On Sept. 1, UnitedHealthcare is set to begin a two-phased approach to eliminate prior authorization requirements for several procedure codes, including four spine-related codes. The code removals will account for almost 20 percent of its overall prior authorization volume.
On Sept. 1 and Nov. 1, codes will be eliminated for UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage, UnitedHealthcare commercial, UnitedHealthcare Oxford and UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange plans. On Nov. 1, codes will be eliminated for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan as well.
Here are the four spinal surgery codes that will be eliminated from prior authorization requirements, according to lists published on UHC's website:
United commercial plan codes
22864: Removal disc arthroplasty anterior 1 interspace cervical
22865: Removal disc...(More)
For more info please read, UnitedHealthcare removes 4 spinal surgery codes in effort to cut prior authorization by 20%, by Becker's Spine Review