New Precerts, Edits From Aetna
By Ellen Terry


 Aetna will require precertification for endoscopic nasal balloon dilation, effective Nov. 1. This is one of several changes Aetna has announced to its National Precertification List.


Aetna recommends you request precertification at least two weeks before the scheduled services, preferably electronically. You can submit most requests through the Aetna website, or by using your electronic health record system portal. You can view full precertification lists on the Aetna website.

Will New Edits Affect You?

Aetna will add new third-party claims edits to its claims adjudication process, effective Dec. 1. To find out if the edits will apply to your claim, use Aetna’s new prospective claims editing disclosure tool. After you log in to the Aetna website, go to Plan Central > Aetna Claims Policy Information > Policy Information > Expanded Claims.

Source: Aetna OfficeLink Updates, September 2018

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Last Updated On

October 05, 2018

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Ellen Terry

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Ellen Terry has been writing, editing, and managing communication projects at TMA since 2000. She hails from Victoria, Texas; has a journalism degree from Texas State University; and loves to read great fiction. Ellen and her husband have two grown sons and a couple of cats.

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