Updates to AIM Musculoskeletal Surgery Clinical Appropriateness Guidelines
- Cervical Decompression with or without Fusion
- Added criteria for the appropriate use of laminectomy for cordotomy and biopsy, excision, or evacuation
- Added indications for non-traumatic atlantoaxial instability
- Lumbar Laminectomy
- Added criteria for the appropriate use of laminectomy for biopsy, excision, or evacuation
- Added indication of Dorsal Rhizotomy
Beginning with dates of review on and after January 1, 2019, the following updates will apply to AIM Musculoskeletal Interventional Pain Management Clinical Appropriateness Guidelines as indicated by section below:
- Paravertebral Facet Injection/Nerve Block/Neurolysis
- Exclusions: Radiofrequency neurolysis for sacroiliac (SI) joint pain is considered not medically necessary
These services or procedures were previously reviewed by Empire, but will now be reviewed by AIM as part of the Musculoskeletal program. To view the CPT codes, you may access and download a copy of the current guidelines here.
Ordering and servicing providers may submit prior authorization requests to AIM in one of the following ways:
- Access AIM ProviderPortalSM directly at providerportal.com. Online access is available 24/7 to process orders in real-time, and is the fastest and most convenient way to request authorization.
- Access AIM via the Availity Web Portal at availity.com
- Call the AIM Contact Center toll-free number: 1-877-430-2288, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. ET.
For questions related to guidelines, please contact AIM via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, you may access and download a copy of the current guidelines here.
December 2018 Empire Provider Newsletter