Update to AIM Advanced Imaging of the Heart Clinical Appropriateness Guidelines
Advanced Imaging of the Heart
- Resting Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE)
- o Changes made to address frequency of surveillance of LV function for cardio-oncology.
- o Changes made to address frequency of surveillance echocardiography following transcatheter mitral valve repair. These recommendations follow CMS guidelines.
- Upper extremity arterial duplex
- o Indication added for creation of arteriovenous (AV) fistulae for dialysis
- Lower extremity arterial duplex
- o ACC guideline for management of peripheral arterial disease (2016) indicates that Duplex imaging should be performed only after the decision to revascularize has been made. There is no role for duplex imaging in the initial diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease. The current AIM guideline is not aligned with this position and the proposed changes address that malalignment.
- o Language changed to account for the fact that critical limb ischemia should include patients with non-healing ulcers and gangrene
As a reminder, ordering and servicing providers may submit prior authorization requests to AIM in one of several ways:
- Access AIM’s 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.
Please note, this program does not apply to FEP.
For questions related to guidelines, please contact AIM via email at email@example.com. Additionally, you may access and download a copy of the current guidelines here.
April 2019 Empire Provider Newsletter