Ir al contenido principal

MSK Announcement

December 15, 2023

Dear Provider,

Wellcare of Louisiana is committed to continuous improvement of quality services for our members. With that in mind, Wellcare has entered into an expanded partnership with National Imaging Associates, Inc. (NIA)1, to implement a new Musculoskeletal (MSK) Management program.

This MSK program includes prior authorization for non-emergent outpatient interventional spine pain management services (IPM), and inpatient and outpatient hip, knee, shoulder, lumbar, and cervical spine surgeries for Wellcare Medicare members. The decision to implement this program is consistent with industry-wide efforts to ensure clinically appropriate quality of care and to manage the increasing utilization of these services.

In consideration of this agreement, Wellcare will terminate the current MSK program with TurningPoint Healthcare as of February 29, 2024.

Under terms of the agreement between Wellcare and NIA:

  • Wellcare will oversee the MSK program and continue to be responsible for claims adjudication and medical policies.
  • NIA manages IPM services and inpatient and outpatient MSK surgeries through the existing contractual relationships with Wellcare.

Planned for a March 1, 2024, implementation, this correspondence serves as notice under your Participating Wellcare Provider Agreement of changes to the program.

Providers may begin contacting NIA on March 1, 2024, to seek prior authorization for MSK procedures scheduled on or after March 1, 2024.

The following outlines the specific procedures requiring prior authorization.

IPM Component (Effective 7/1/2022):Prior authorization is required for the following non-emergent outpatient IPM services:

  • Spinal Epidural Injections
  • Paravertebral Facet Joint Injections or Blocks
  • Paravertebral Facet Joint Denervation (Radiofrequency (RF) Neurolysis)
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
  • Sympathetic Nerve Blocks

MSK Surgeries:Prior authorization will be required for the following non-emergent inpatient and outpatient hip, knee, shoulder, lumbar, and cervical surgeries:

Hip

  • Revision/Conversion Hip Arthroplasty
  • Total Hip Arthroplasty/Resurfacing
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) Hip Surgery (includes CAM/pincer & labral repair)
  • Hip Surgery – Other (includes synovectomy, loose body removal, debridement, diagnostic hip arthroscopy, and extra-articular arthroscopy knee)

Knee

  • Revision Knee Arthroplasty
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA)
  • Partial-Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty (UKA)
  • Knee Manipulation under Anesthesia (MUA)
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction/Repair
  • Knee Meniscectomy/Meniscal Repair/Meniscal Transplant
  • Knee Surgery – Other (includes synovectomy, loose body removal, diagnostic knee arthroscopy, debridement with or without chondroplasty, lateral release/patellar realignment, articular cartilage restoration)

Shoulder

  • Revision Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • Total/Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty or Resurfacing
  • Partial Shoulder Arthroplasty/Hemiarthroplasty
  • Shoulder Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Labral Repair
  • Frozen Shoulder Repair/Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Shoulder Surgery – Other (includes debridement, manipulation, decompression, tenotomy, tenodesis, synovectomy, claviculectomy, diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy)

Lumbar

  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Decompression (Laminotomy, Laminectomy, Facetectomy and Foraminotomy)
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion (Arthrodesis) with or without Decompression – Single and Multiple Levels
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion

Cervical

  • Cervical Anterior Decompression with Fusion – (Single and Multiple Levels)
  • Cervical Posterior Decompression with Fusion – (Single and Multiple Levels)
  • Cervical Posterior Decompression (without fusion)
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Anterior Decompression (without fusion)

KEY PROVISIONS:

  • It is the responsibility of the ordering physician to obtain prior authorization for all IPM procedures and MSK surgeries managed by NIA.
  • NIA does not manage prior authorization for emergency MSK surgery cases that are admitted through the emergency room or for MSK surgery procedures outside of those procedures listed above.
  • The ordering physician must obtain prior authorization with NIA prior to performing the surgery/procedure.
  • Facility admissions do not require a separate prior authorization. However, the facility should ensure that an NIA prior authorization has been obtained prior to scheduling the surgery/procedure.

MSK surgeries other than those outlined above will continue to follow Wellcare prior authorization requirements for hospital admissions and elective surgeries

We appreciate your support and look forward to your assistance in assuring that Wellcare members receive MSK services delivered in a quality, clinically appropriate fashion.

We will provide additional information as we get closer to the implementation date.  Should you have questions at this time, please contact Wellcare Provider Services Department at 1-855-538-0454.

Sincerely,

Wellcare

Ícono de contacto

¿Necesita ayuda? Puede contar con nosotros.

Contáctenos
Y0020_WCM_134133E_M Last Updated On: 1/22/2024
On April 22, 2024, UnitedHealth Group issued a press release, providing an update on the Change Healthcare cybersecurity incident that occurred on Feb. 21, 2024. Given the size of the data impacted, the investigation to determine whose data is impacted is expected to take several months. UnitedHealth Group believes this situation will impact “a substantial proportion of people in America” and is offering immediate credit monitoring and identity protection services, as well as a dedicated contact center to address questions. Visit Change Healthcare Cyberattack Support and/or reach out to the contact center at 1-866-262-5342 regarding any questions.

×