UnitedHealthcare policy could push procedures to ASC setting 

UnitedHealthcare’s 2023 site-of-service policy, which went into effect April 1, could push procedures to the ASC setting. 

The policy includes 1,041 codes for commercially insured patients and 167 codes for Medicare Advantage patients that require pre-authorization for the surgery to be performed in a hospital outpatient department. 

Unless it is determined that receiving the procedure in an HOPD is medically necessary, "UnitedHealthcare members may choose to receive surgical procedures in an ASC," the policy reads. 

The move will direct surgeries to be performed at ASCs, Naya Kehayes, partner and ASC practice leader at ECG Management Consultants, said at a March 22 California Ambulatory Surgery Association summit with payers and industry stakeholders. 

UnitedHealthcare is facing opposition from more than 175 groups for its separate decision to require prior authorization for gastroenterology endoscopy services, including esophagogastroduodenoscopies, capsule endoscopies, diagnostic colonoscopies and surveillance colonoscopies. 

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