UnitedHealthcare expands prior notification

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

February 8, 2010 -- Health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare of Minneapolis plans to expand its prior notification program for radiology to include all of its network physicians.

On February 15, the firm will require service providers throughout its entire network to obtain prior notification for CT, MRI, and PET scans, as well as MR angiography and nuclear medicine studies, including nuclear cardiology.

The decision was based on UnitedHealthcare's concern for patients who are subject to preventable radiation exposure, the company said. It referred its members to its Web site for more information on the change.

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