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Bill Johnson, Port Townsend, WA.

The screening for AAA *was* approved, and should anyone be denied payment
for this service for eligible recipients, I would appreciate hearing about
it.  This screening is woefully underutilized to my mind, but was very
strongly researched and can save lives.

However, it does *not* apply to *every* male 65 or older and there are some
other stipulations involved.  Please check
http://www.pacificvascular.com/extra/medicareAAAscreeningben5-07.pdf for
details.  I do not think anything has changed significantly.  Aetna states "
*if selection criteria are met*" and I figure they would hold us to that.
So, if you got a never smoked male tell him to buy a carton of cigarettes,
and he can get scanned?  Ya gotta love the bureaucracy!  Or not?

On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 11:29 AM, David Parlato <
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> This is from Aetna, but likely applicable to all carriers/MACs for this
> benefit:
>
> HCPCS codes covered if selection criteria are met:
> G0389  Ultrasound, B-scan and/or real time with image documentation; for
> abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening [one time for men 65 years of age
> or older]
>
> ICD-9 codes covered if selection criteria are met:
> V81.2 Special screening for other and unspecified cardiovascular conditions
> [abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)]
>
> Dave Parlato
>
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