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UnitedHealthcare has developed Medical Policies, Medical Benefit Drug Policies, and Coverage Determination Guidelines to assist us in administering health benefits. These policies and guidelines are provided for informational purposes, and do not constitute medical advice. Treating physicians and health care providers are solely responsible for determining what care to provide to their patients. Members should always consult their physician before making any decisions about medical care.
Our Medical Policies and Medical Benefit Drug Policies express our determination of whether a health service (e.g., test, device or procedure) is proven to be effective based on the published clinical evidence. They are also used to decide whether a given health service is medically necessary. Services determined to be experimental, investigational, unproven, or not medically necessary by the clinical evidence are typically not covered.
Coverage Determination Guidelines are used to determine whether a service falls within a benefit category or is excluded from coverage. Coverage Determination Guidelines may address such matters as whether services are skilled versus custodial, or reconstructive versus cosmetic.
Benefit coverage for health services is determined by the member specific benefit plan document, such as a Certificate of Coverage, Schedule of Benefits, or Summary Plan Description, and applicable laws that may require coverage for a specific service. The member specific benefit plan document identifies which services are covered, which are excluded, and which are subject to limitations. In the event of a conflict, the member specific benefit plan document supersedes these policies and guidelines.
Medical Policies, Medical Benefit Drug Policies, and Coverage Determination Guidelines are developed as needed, are regularly reviewed and updated, and are subject to change. They represent a portion of the resources used to support UnitedHealthcare coverage decision making. The information presented in these policies and guidelines is believed to be accurate and current as of the date of publication, and is provided on an "AS IS" basis. Additionally, UnitedHealthcare may use tools developed by third parties, such as the MCGTM Care Guidelines, to assist us in administering health benefits. The MCGTM Care Guidelines are intended to be used in connection with the independent professional medical judgment of a qualified health care provider and do not constitute the practice of medicine or medical advice.
Medical Policies, Medical Benefit Drug Policies, and Coverage Determination Guidelines are the property of UnitedHealthcare. Unauthorized copying, use and distribution of this information are strictly prohibited. The MCGTM Care Guidelines are proprietary to MCGTM and are not published on this website.
When these policies are used to determine medical necessity, clinical guidelines will be applied in the following order:
1) State/Federal Guidelines and Contract Requirements
2) UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Medical & Drug Policies and Coverage Determination Guidelines
3) MCGTM Care Guidelines
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