February 1, 2008

Aetna to stop covering MAC for GI endoscopy cases

By: OR Manager

Aetna informed physicians in December that it will no longer pay for monitored anesthesia care (MAC) for routine GI endoscopy as of April 1. Aetna joins others, including WellPoint, Inc, the nation's largest health insurer, that no longer cover anesthesia monitoring for these procedures. MAC can add $300 to $1,500 to the cost of a case.

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