Subject: Dental Services and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Coverage Under Medical Plans
Reviewed: September 28, 2015
This Clinical Policy Bulletin explains how we determine whether certain services or supplies are medically necessary. We have reached these conclusions based on a review of currently available clinical information including:
- Clinical outcome studies in the peer-reviewed published medical and dental literature
- Regulatory status of the technology
- Evidence-based guidelines of public health and health research agencies
- Evidence-based guidelines and positions of leading national health professional organizations
- Views of physicians and dentists practicing in relevant clinical areas
- Other relevant factors
We expressly reserve the right to revise these conclusions as clinical information changes, and welcome further relevant information.
Each benefits plan defines which services are covered, excluded and subject to dollar caps or other limits. Members and their dentists will need to refer to the member's benefits plan to determine if any exclusions or other benefits limitations apply to this service or supply. The conclusion that a particular service or supply is medically necessary does not guarantee that this service or supply is covered (that is, will be paid for by Aetna) for a particular member. The member's benefits plan determines coverage. Some plans exclude coverage for services or supplies that we consider medically necessary. If there is a discrepancy between this policy and a member's plan of benefits, the benefits plan will govern. In addition, coverage may be mandated by applicable legal requirements of a state, the federal government or CMS for Medicare and Medicaid members.
1American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). Bone grafting after removal of impacted third molars. Statement of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons concerning the management of selected clinical conditions and associated clinical procedures. AAOMS Condition Statements. Rosemont, IL: AAOMS; March 2006. Available at: http://www.aaoms.org/images/uploads/pdfs/bone_grafting.pdf. Accessed August 31, 2015.
2American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). White Paper on Third Molar Data. Rosemont, IL: AAOMS; March 2007. Available at: http://www.aaoms.org/images/uploads/pdfs/white_paper_third_molar_data.pdf. Accessed August 31, 2015.
Medical Clinical Policy Bulletin Number 0082, April 17, 2015: This CPB has been reviewed and maintained.
Dental Clinical Policy Bulletin 039 - Medically Necessary Orthodontia related to the Pediatric Dental Essential Benefit in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Original policy: November 4, 2004
Updated: September 25, 2006; November 16, 2009; January 20, 2011; June 5, 2012; September 23, 2013; September 28, 2015
Revised: August 26, 2008
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