HIGHMARK COMMERCIAL MEDICAL POLICY - PENNSYLVANIA

 
 

Medical Policy:
A-18-003
Topic:
Ultra-Rapid Opiate Detoxification (UROD)
Section:
Anesthesia
Effective Date:
September 11, 2017
Issued Date:
March 18, 2019
Last Revision Date:
February 2019
Annual Review:
February 2019
 
 

The use of relatively high doses of opioid antagonists under deep sedation or general anesthesia is a technique for opioid detoxification and is known as ultra-rapid detoxification. It is a potential alternative to standard detoxification that allows individuals to avoid the acute symptoms associated with initial detoxification. Ultra-rapid detoxification is used in conjunction with maintenance treatments, e.g., oral opioid antagonists and psychosocial support.

Policy Position

UROD is considered experimental/investigational and therefore non-covered as a clinical detoxification treatment because its effectiveness has not been established.

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Place of Service: Inpatient/Outpatient

Experimental/Investigational (E/I) services are not covered regardless of place of service.



The policy position applies to all commercial lines of business



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