Políticas clínicas y de pago

Clinical Policies

Clinical policies are one set of guidelines used to assist in administering health plan benefits, either by prior authorization or payment rules.  They include but are not limited to policies relating to evolving medical technologies and procedures, as well as pharmacy policies.  Clinical policies help identify whether services are medically necessary based on information found in generally accepted standards of medical practice; peer-reviewed medical literature; government agency/program approval status; evidence-based guidelines and positions of leading national health professional organizations; views of physicians practicing in relevant clinical areas affected by the policy; and other available clinical information. 

All policies found in the Ambetter of Tennessee Clinical Policy Manual apply to Ambetter of Tennessee members. Policies in the Ambetter of Tennessee Clinical Policy Manual may have either a Ambetter of Tennessee or a “Centene” heading. Ambetter of Tennessee utilizes InterQual® criteria for those medical technologies, procedures or pharmaceutical treatments for which a Ambetter of Tennessee clinical policy does not exist.  InterQual is a nationally recognized evidence-based decision support tool.  You may access the InterQual® SmartSheet(s)™ for Adult and Pediatric procedures, durable medical equipment and imaging procedures by logging into the secure provider portal or by calling Ambetter of Tennessee. In addition, Ambetter of Tennessee may from time to time delegate utilization management of specific services; in such circumstances, the delegated vendor’s guidelines may also be used to support medical necessity and other coverage determinations. Other non-clinical policies (e.g., payment policies) or contract terms may further determine whether a technology, procedure or treatment that is not addressed in the Clinical Policy Manuals or  InterQual®criteria is payable by Ambetter of Tennessee.   

If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact Member Services and ask to be directed to the Medical Management department.

For a list of all active clinical policies, see below. For any upcoming policy changes, view the Clinical Policy Updates list

Acupuncture (PDF)CP.MP.92
Adopted Clinical Practice and Preventive Health Guidelines (PDF)CPG Grid
Air Ambulance (PDF)CP.MP.175
Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplants For Sickle Cell Anemia and Beta-thalassemia (PDF)CP.MP.108
Applied Behavioral Analysis (PDF)CP.BH.104
Articular Cartilage Defect Repairs (PDF)CP.MP.26
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Assessment and Treatment (PDF)CP.BH.124
Bariatric Surgery (PDF)CP.MP.37
Behavioral Health Treatment Documentation Requirements (PDF) HIM.CP.BH.500
Biofeedback (PDF)CP.MP.168
Biofeedback for Behavioral Health Disorders (PDF)CP.BH.300
Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (PDF)CP.MP.93
Burn Surgery (PDF)CP.MP.186
Cardiac Biomarker Testing (PDF)CP.MP.156
Caudal or Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections (PDF)CP.MP.164
Clinical Trials (PDF)CP.MP.94
Cochlear Implant Replacements (PDF)CP.MP.14
Concert Genetic Testing: Aortopathies and Connective Tissue Disorders (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Cardiac Disorders (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Dermatologic Conditions (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Epilepsy Neurodegenerative, and Neuromuscular Disorders (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Exome and Genome Sequensing the for Diagnostics of Genetic Disorders (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Eye Disorders (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Gastroenterologic Disorders (non cancerous) (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: General Approach to Genetic and Molecular Testing (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Hearing Loss (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Hematologic Conditions (non cancerous) (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Immune, Autoimmune, and Rheumatoid Disorders (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Kidney Disorders (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Lung Disorders (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Metabolic Endocrine and Mitochondrial Disorders (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Multisystem Inherited Disorders Intellectual Disability and Developmental Delay (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS) (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Pharmacogenetics (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Prenatal and Preconception Carrier Screening (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Prenatal Diagnosis (via Amniocentesis, CVS, or PUBS) and Pregnancy Loss (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetic Testing: Skelatal Dysplasia Rare Bone Disorders (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetics Oncology: Algorithmic Testing (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetics Oncology: Cancer Screening (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetics Oncology: Circulating Tumor DNA and Circulating Tumor Cells Liquid Biopsy (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetics Oncology: Cytogenetic Testing (PDF)V2.2024
Concert Genetics Oncology: Molecular Analysis of Solid Tumors and Hematologic Malignancies (PDF)V2.2024
Cosmetic and Reconstructive Procedures (PDF)CP.MP.31
Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for the Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (PDF)CP.BH.201
Diaphragmatic/Phrenic Nerve Stimulation (PDF)CP.MP.203
Digital Electroencephalography Spike Analysis (PDF)CP.MP.105
Disc Decompression Procedures  (PDF)CP.MP.114
Discography (PDF)CP.MP.115
Donor Lymphocyte Infusion (PDF)CP.MP.101
Durable Medical Equipment and Orthotics and Prosthetics Guidelines  (PDF)CP.MP.107
EEG in the Evaluation of Headache (PDF)CP.MP.155
Electric Tumor Treating Fields (Optune) (PDF)CP.MP.145
Evoked Potential Testing (PDF)CP.MP.134
Experimental Technologies (PDF)CP.MP.36
Facet Joint Interventions (PDF)CP.MP.171
Facility Based Sleep Studies for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (PDF)CP.MP.248
Fecal Incontinence Treatments (PDF)CP.MP.137
Ferriscan R2-MRI (PDF)CP.MP.53
Fetal Surgery in Utero for Prenatally Diagnosed Malformations (PDF)CP.MP.129
Fertility Preservation (PDF)CP.MP.130
Functional MRI (PDF)CP.MP.43
Gastric Electrical Stimulation (PDF)CP.MP.40
Gender-Affirming Procedures (PDF)CP.MP.95
Heart-Lung Transplant (PDF)CP.MP.132
Holter Monitors (PDF)CP.MP.113
Home Births (PDF)CP.MP.136
Home Ventilators (PDF)CP.MP.184
Homocysteine Testing (PDF)CP.MP.121
Hospice Services (PDF)CP.MP.54
Hyperhidrosis Treatments (PDF)CP.MP.62
Implantable Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (PDF)CP.MP.180
Implantable Intrathecal or Epidural Pain Pump (PDF)CP.MP.173
Implantable Loop Recorder (PDF)CP.MP.243
Implantable Wireless Pulmonary Artery Pressure Monitoring (PDF)CP.MP.160
Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (PDF)CP.MP.69
Intestinal and Multivisceral Transplant (PDF)CP.MP.58
Intradiscal Steroid Injections for Pain Management (PDF)CP.MP.167
IV Moderate Sedation, IV Deep Sedation, and General Anesthesia for Dental Procedures (PDF)CP.MP.61
Lantidra (donislecel): Allogenic Pancreatic Islet Cellular Therapy (PDF)CP.MP.250
Laser Therapy for Skin Conditions (PDF)CP.MP.123
Liposuction for Lipedema (PDF)CP.MP.244
Long Term Care Placement (PDF)CP.MP.71
Low-frequency Ultrasound and Noncontact Wound Therapy (PDF)CP.MP.139
Lung Transplantation (PDF)CP.MP.57
Lysis of Epidural Lesions (PDF)CP.MP.116
Measurement of Serum 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (PDF)CP.MP.152
Mechanical Stretching Devices for Joint Stiffness and Contracture (PDF)CP.MP.144
Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (PDF)CP.MP.24
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Guidelines (PDF)CP.MP.86
Neonatal Sepsis Management (PDF)CP.MP.85
Nerve Blocks and Neurolysis for Pain Management (PDF)CP.MP.170
Neuromuscular and Peroneal Nerve Electricrial Stimulation (NMES) (PDF)CP.MP.48
NICU Apnea Bradychardia Guidelines (PDF)CP.MP.82
NICU Discharge Guidelines (PDF)CP.MP.81
Nonmyeloablative Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplants (PDF)CP.MP.141
Obstetrical Home Care Programs (PDF)CP.MP.91
Omisirge (Omidubicel): Nicotinamide-modified Allogeneic Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Therapy (PDF)CP.MP.249
Orthognathic Surgery (PDF)CP.MP.202
Osteogenic Stimulation (PDF)CP.MP.194
Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation (PDF)CP.MP.176
Outpatient Oxygen Use (PDF)CP.MP.190
Pancreas Transplantation (PDF)CP.MP.102
Panniculectomy (PDF)CP.MP.109
Pediatric Heart Transplant (PDF)CP.MP.138
Pediatric Kidney Transplant (PDF)CP.MP.246
Pediatric Liver Transplant (PDF)CP.MP.120
Pediatric Oral Function Therapy (PDF)CP.MP.188
Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device for Stroke
Prevention (PDF)
Phototherapy for Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia (PDF)CP.MP.150
Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Services (PDF)CP.MP.49
Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation for Voiding Dysfunction (PDF)CP.MP.133
Pulmonary Function Testing (PDF)CP.MP.242
Proton and Neutron Beam Therapies (PDF)CP.MP.70
Reduction Mammoplasty and Gyncomastia Surgery (PDF)CP.MP.51
Repair of Nasal Valve Compromise (PDF)CP.MP.210
Sacroilic Joint Fusion (PDF)CP.MP.126
Sacroiliac Joint Interventions for Pain Management (PDF)CP.MP.166
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy for Spasticity in Cerebral Palsy (PDF)CP.MP.174
Sclerotherapy for Chemical Endovenous Ablation for Varicose Veins and Other Symptomatic Venous Disorders (PDF)CP.MP.146
Selective Nerve Root Blocks and Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections (PDF)CP.MP.165
Short Inpatient Hospital Stay (PDF)CP.MP.182
Skin and Soft Tissue Substitutes for Chronic Wounds (PDF)CP.MP.185
Spinal Cord, Peripheral Nerve, and Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PDF)CP.MP.117
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (PDF)CP.MP.22
Tandem Transplant (PDF)CP.MP.162
Therapeutic Utilization of Inhaled Nitric Oxide (PDF)CP.MP.87
Thyroid Hormones and Insulin Testing in Pediatrics (PDF)CP.MP.154
Total Artificial Heart (PDF)CP.MP.127
Total Parenteral Nutrition and Intradialytic Parenteral Nutrition (PDF)CP.MP.163
Transcatheter Closure of Patent Foramen Ovale (PDF)CP.MP.151
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Treatment Resistant Major Depression (PDF)CP.BH.200
Transplant Service Documentation Requirements (PDF)CP.MP.247
Trigger Point Injections for Pain Management (PDF)CP.MP.169
Urinary Incontinence Devices and Treatments (PDF)CP.MP.142
Vagus Nerve Stimulation (PDF)CP.MP.12
Ventricular Assist Devices (PDF)CP.MP.46
Wireless Motility Capsule (PDF)CP.MP.143
25-hydroxyvitamin D Testing in Children and Adolescents (PDF)CP.MP.157

Payment Policies

Health care claims payment policies are guidelines used to assist in administering payment rules based on generally accepted principles of correct coding. They are used to help identify whether health care services are correctly coded for reimbursement. Each payment rule is sourced by a generally accepted coding principle. They include, but are not limited to claims processing guidelines referenced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Publication 100-04, Claims Processing Manual for  physicians/non-physician practitioners, the CMS National Correct Coding Initiative policy manual (procedure-to-procedure coding combination edits and medically unlikely edits), Current Procedural Technology guidance published by the American Medical Association (AMA) for reporting medical procedures and services, health plan clinical policies based on the appropriateness of health care and medical necessity, and at times state-specific claims reimbursement guidance.

All policies found in the Ambetter of Tennessee Payment Policy Manual apply with respect to Ambetter of Tennessee members. Policies in the Ambetter of Tennessee Payment Policy Manual may have either a Ambetter of Tennessee or a “Centene” heading.  In addition, Ambetter of Tennessee may from time to time employ a vendor that applies payment policies to specific services; in such circumstances, the vendor’s guidelines may also be used to determine whether a service has been correctly coded. Other policies (e.g., clinical policies) or contract terms may further determine whether a technology, procedure or treatment that is not addressed in the Payment Policy Manual is payable by Ambetter of Tennessee

If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact Member Services and ask to be directed to the Medical Management department.

3-Day Payment Window (PDF) CC.PP.500
30 Day Readmission (PDF)CC.PP.501
340B Drug Payment Reduction (PDF) CC.PP.070
Allergy Testing and Therapy (PDF)CP.MP.100
Bronchial Thermoplasty (PDF)CP.MP.110
Digital EEG Spike Analysis (PDF)CP.MP.105
Drugs of Abuse: Definitive Testing (PDF)CP.MP.50
Endometrial Ablation (PDF)CP.MP.106
Infectious Disease: Dermatologic Lab Testing (PDF)CG.CP.MP.03
Infectious Disease: Gastroenterologic Lab Testing (PDF)CG.CP.MP.04
Infectious Disease: Genitourinary Lab Testing (PDF)CG.CP.MP.07
Infectious Disease: Multisystem Lab Testing (PDF)CG.CP.MP.02
Infectious Disease: Primary Care & Preventive Lab Screening (PDF)CG.CP.MP.05
Infectious Disease: Respiratory Lab Testing (PDF) Effective Date: 9/1/2024HIM.TN.CG.CP.MP.01
Infectious Disease: Vector-borne and Tropical Diseases Lab Testing (PDF)CG.CP.MP.06
Leveling of Emergency Room Services (PDF)CC.PP.053
Measurement of Serum 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (PDF)CP.MP.152
Multiple Diagnostic Cardiovascular Procedure Payment Reduction (MDCR) (PDF)CC.PP.065
Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction for Therapeutic Services (PDF)CC.PP.068
Multiple Procedure Reduction: Ophthalmology Procedures  (PDF)CC.PP.069
Non-Emergent ER Services (Leveling of ER) (PDF)CC.PP.053
Non-Obstetrical Pelvic and Transvaginal Ultrasounds (PDF)CC.PP.061
Office Visits Billed with Treatment Rooms (PDF) CC.PP.071
Physician's Consultation Services (PDF)CC.PP.054
Problem Oriented Visits Billed with Preventative Visits (PDF)CC.PP.054
Problem Oriented Visits with Surgical Procedures (PDF)CC.PP.052
Sepsis Diagnosis (PDF)CC.PP.073
Severe Malnutrition (PDF)CC.PP.145
Skilled Nursing Facility Leveling (PDF)CC.PP.206
Ultrasound in Pregnancy (PDF)CP.MP.38
Urodynamic Testing (PDF)CP.MP.98
Wheelchair Seating (PDF)CP.MP.99