Do Blue Cross Insurance Plans Cover Penile Implant surgery?


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Penile Prosthesis Coverage By Blue Cross Plans

There are many different Blue Cross plans and each plan is a little different. 

In general, most Blue Cross commercial PPO and HMO plans including Anthem Blue Cross, Empire BCBS, Horizon BCBS, CareFirst Blue Cross, Highmark BC, Blue Cross of Texas, BC of California, Blue Cross of Illinois, BC of Florida and other Blue Cross plans have coverage for penile implantation surgery for men with organic erectile dysfunction.

All Medicare Advantage plans issued by Blue Cross plans are mandated by law to cover penile implant surgery.  Medicare Advantage plans are required to offer all the coverage benefits offered by traditional Medicare, which covers penile implants.

Blue Cross plans purchased from state and federal exchanges usually cover the cost of penile implant surgery.  Most but not all employer-sponsored health plans cover the cost of penile implant surgery.

In general, pre-authorization and documentation of erectile dysfunction are necessary for the insurance company to approve penile prosthesis surgery.  Typically, this involves sending urologist’s notes about prior treatment and diagnostic evaluation including diagnosis (ICD10 codes).  At New York Urology Specialists we take care of all preauthorizations for our patients.

Typically, penile implant surgery is covered by Blue Cross plans for patients who do not respond to oral therapy with medications such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra or Stendra or who have a contraindication to these medications.

While many plans do not cover medications for ED such as Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis, Levitra, and Stendra, most plans cover the costs of penile prosthesis surgery.  Benefits vary from plan to plan and need to be verified.

Other health plans such as Cigna, Aetna, Oxford, and United Healthcare often cover the costs of a penile prosthesis.

Typical criteria for coverage of penile implant by Blue Cross insurance plans include the following:

Neurogenic impotence of greater than one-year duration due to one of the following:

  • Spinal cord injury/disease;
  • Multiple Sclerosis;
  • Spina Bifida;
  • Diabetes;
  • Radical prostatectomy;
  • Rectal surgery;
  • Fractured pelvis.

Vasculogenic (vascular) impotence of greater than one-year duration due to one of the following:

  • Intrapenile arterial disease;
  • Status post cavernosal infection;
  • Peyronie’s disease;
  • Penile contusion;
  • Hypertension;
  • Penile fracture;
  • Smoking.

Patients with other causes of erectile dysfunction may also qualify for penile implant surgery.

If you want to verify benefits, you can call your insurance company

The phone number is located on the back of your insurance card and provide them with the following codes:

Commonly used ICD10 Diagnostic Codes:

  • N52.01 Erectile dysfunction due to arterial insufficiency

Commonly Used CPT Procedure codes:

  • 54400  Insertion of a penile prosthesis; non-inflatable (semi-rigid)
  • 54401  Insertion of a penile prosthesis; inflatable (self-contained)
  • 54405  Insertion of multi-component, inflatable penile prosthesis, including placement of pump, cylinders, and reservoir
  • 54410  Removal and replacement of all component(s) of a multi-component, inflatable penile prosthesis at the same operative session
  • 54411  Removal and replacement of all components of a multi-component inflatable penile prosthesis through an infected field at the same operative session, including irrigation and debridement of infected tissue
  • 54416  Removal and replacement of non-inflatable (semi-rigid) or inflatable (self-contained) penile prosthesis at the same operative session
  • 54417  Removal and replacement of a non-inflatable (semi-rigid) or inflatable (self-contained) penile prosthesis through an infected field at the same operative session, including irrigation and debridement of infected tissue

HCPCS

  • C1813 Prosthesis, penile, inflatable
  • C2622 Prosthesis, penile, non-inflatable
  • L8699  Prosthetic implant, not otherwise specified

ICD-10 Procedure

  • 0VUS0JZ         Supplement penis with synthetic substitute, open approach
  • 0VUS4JZ         Supplement penis with synthetic substitute, percutaneous endoscopic approach

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