Reimbursement Positions

Reimbursement Positions 2017-07-02T08:37:22+00:00
Organization Blood Antibody Test Urea Breath Test (UBT)
Cigna “Serology blood testing
will not be covered to test for H. pylori...”
“The overall body of literature suggests that non-invasive testing with UBT is as clinically useful as endoscopy in managing select patients with uncomplicated upper gastrointestinal symptoms.”
Aetna “Blood antibody testing for H. pylori is experimental and investigational because of insufficient evidence of its effectiveness.” “Stenstrom et al (2008) stated that urea breath tests are the best way to diagnose current H. pylori infection.”
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield “Serologic (in H. pylori testing) use is no longer recommended because it has poor predictive value, leads to increased antibiotic resistance.” “UBT (CPT codes 83013, 83014) is FDA-cleared for the initial diagnosis and to confirm eradication.”
Geisinger Health Plan “Eliminate the use of serology testing. Serology testing will not be reimbursed.” “UBT (CPT codes 83013, 83014) is FDA-cleared for the initial diagnosis and to confirm eradication.”