MUSCULOSKELETAL

Anthem Medical Policies for Musculoskeletal

Document # Medical Policy Title
SURG.00052 Percutaneous Vertebral Disc and Vertebral Endplate Procedures
SURG.00053 Unicondylar Interpositional Spacer
SURG.00071 Percutaneous and Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
SURG.00072 Lysis of Epidural Adhesions
SURG.00092 Implanted Devices for Spinal Stenosis
SURG.00111 Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion
TRANS.00035 Other Stem Cell Therapy

AIM Clinical Guidelines for Musculoskeletal

Interventional Pain Management

For Commercial and Medicare members

OPEN THE GUIDELINES FOR INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVE MARCH 14, 2021 FOR COMMERCIAL/MEDICARE

For Medicaid members

OPEN THE GUIDELINES FOR INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021 FOR MEDICAID

Joint Surgery

For Commercial and Medicare members

OPEN THE GUIDELINES FOR JOINT SURGERY EFFECTIVE MARCH 14, 2021 FOR COMMERCIAL/MEDICARE

COMING SOON JOINT SURGERY GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 FOR COMMERCIAL/MEDICARE

For Medicaid members

OPEN THE GUIDELINES FOR JOINT SURGERY EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021 FOR MEDICAID

Small Joint Surgery

For Commercial members

OPEN THE GUIDELINES FOR SMALL JOINT SURGERY EFFECTIVE MARCH 14, 2021 

Spine Surgery

OPEN THE GUIDELINES FOR SPINE SURGERY EFFECTIVE MARCH 14, 2021 

COMING SOON SPINE SURGERY GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 

Sacroiliac Joint Fusion

OPEN THE GUIDELINES FOR SACROILIAC JOINT FUSION EFFECTIVE JULY 30, 2021 FOR ANTHEM MEMBERS

Effective July 30, 2021, medical policy SURG.00127 Sacroiliac Joint Fusion will be archived.

Level of Care for Musculoskeletal Surgery and Procedures

OPEN THE GUIDELINES FOR LEVEL OF CARE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021

Please note the Medicaid and Medicare dates are reflective of programs that AIM manages.  Medicare and Medicaid markets that aren’t managed by AIM may still utilize this criteria and the effective dates for the criteria will be noted in the market’s provider notice.

Code cross-reference guide

Download a helpful spreadsheet to find current and archived procedure codes for each solution!

Anthem medical policy site:

For a complete listing of Anthem medical policies, please go to Anthem Provider site > select your state > Scroll down page, select Review Policies > view Medical Policies & Clinical UM Guidelines

Other client policy sites:

Other Clinical Guidelines

Archived Guidelines

For guidelines older than 3 years, please contact AIM.guidelines@aimspecialtyhealth.com

Interventional Pain Management
Joint Surgery
  • Joint Surgery effective January 1, 2021 – March 13, 2021 for Commercial/Medicare
  • Joint Surgery effective May 17 – December 31, 2020 for Commercial, September 26 – December 31, 2020 for Medicare
  • Joint Surgery effective June 29, 2019 – May 16, 2020 for Commercial, – September 25, 2020 for Medicare, – December 31, 2020 for Medicaid
  • Joint Surgery effective March 9, 2019 – June 28, 2019
  • Joint Surgery effective January 1, 2019 – March 8, 2019
  • Joint Surgery effective November 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018
Small Joint Surgery
Spine Surgery
Level of Care for Musculoskeletal Surgery and Procedures