The MassHealth Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination (Guidelines) are used by MassHealth's reviewing clinicians to determine the medical necessity of prior-authorization requests submitted by providers.
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Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination for for Breast MRI
These Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination (Guidelines) identify the clinical information MassHealth needs to determine medical necessity for breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These Guidelines are based on generally accepted standards of practice, review of the medical literature, and federal and state policies and laws applicable to Medicaid programs.
Providers should consult MassHealth regulations at 130 CMR 431.000 (independent diagnostic testing facility services), 433.000 (physician services) and 450.000 (administrative and billing regulations), Subchapter 6 of the Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility Manual, and Subchapter 6 of the Physician Manual for information about coverage, limitations, service conditions, and other priorauthorization (PA) requirements applicable to this service.
Providers serving members enrolled in a MassHealth-contracted accountable care partnership plan (ACPP), managed care organization (MCO), integrated care organization (ICO), senior care organization (SCO), or program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) should refer to the ACPP’s, MCO’s, ICO’s, SCO’s or PACE’s medical policies for covered services.
MassHealth reviews requests for PA on the basis of medical necessity. If MassHealth approves the request, payment is still subject to all general conditions of MassHealth, including member eligibility, other insurance, and program restrictions.