Starting June 1, 2022, there’s a new obstetrical ultrasound medical policyfor UnitedHealthcare commercial members. We’ll make coverage determinations post-service, with pre-pay based on the following:
Up to 3 prenatal ultrasounds per pregnancy, for CPT® codes 76801, 76802, 76805, 76810, 76811, 76812, 76815, 76816 and 76817, will be considered proven and medically necessary
Four or more ultrasounds will be considered proven and medically necessary for high-risk pregnancies, as described in the policy, when the treating provider will make therapeutic determinations based upon the results
Place of service This policy applies to professional claims billed on a Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA) form with place of service 11 and 22.
This policy doesn’t apply to:
Prenatal ultrasounds rendered in an emergency room
Outpatient observation care
Inpatient hospital setting
Charging patients for non-covered services Please note, you’ll need to get written consent prior to the service if you bill patients for services denied for lack of medical necessity. Patient consent will need an estimate of the charges and a statement of the reason you believe the service may not be covered. See the “Charging members for non-covered services” protocol in the UnitedHealthcare care provider administrative guide.
Questions? Contact your provider relations advocate.