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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department Of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 50. Amount, Duration, and Scope of Medical and Remedial Care Services

12VAC30-50-570. High dose chemotherapy and bone marrow/stem cell transplantation (coverage for persons over 21 years of age).

A. Patient selection criteria for high dose chemotherapy and bone marrow/stem cell transplantation (coverage for persons over 21 years of age).

1. The following general conditions shall apply to these services:

a. This must be the most effective medical therapy available yielding outcomes that are at least comparable to other therapies.

b. The transplant procedure and application of the procedure in treatment of the specific condition for which it is proposed have been clearly demonstrated to be medically effective.

c. Prior authorization by the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is required. The prior authorization request must contain the information and documentation as required by DMAS. The nearest approved and appropriate facility will be considered.

2. The following patient selection criteria shall apply for the consideration of authorization and coverage and reimbursement for individuals who have been diagnosed with lymphoma, breast cancer, leukemia, or myeloma and have been determined by the treating health care provider to have a performance status sufficient to proceed with such high dose chemotherapy and bone marrow/stem cell transplant:

a. The patient selection criteria of the transplant center where the treatment is to be performed shall be used in determining whether the patient is appropriate for selection for the procedure. Transplant procedures will be preauthorized only if the selection of the patient adheres to the transplant center's patient selection criteria based upon review by DMAS of information submitted by the transplant team or center.

b. The recipient's medical condition shall be reviewed by the transplant team or program according to the transplant facility's patient selection criteria for that procedure and the recipient shall be determined by the team to be an appropriate transplant candidate. Patient selection criteria used by the transplant center shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

(1) The patient is not in an irreversible terminal state (as demonstrated in the facility's patient selection criteria); and

(2) The transplant is likely to prolong life and restore a range of physical and social functions suited to activities of daily living.

B. Facility selection criteria for high dose chemotherapy and bone marrow/stem cell transplantation for individuals diagnosed with lymphoma, breast cancer, leukemia, or myeloma.

1. The following general conditions shall apply:

a. Unless it is cost effective and medically appropriate, procedures may be performed out of state only when the authorized transplant cannot be performed in the Commonwealth because the service is not available or, due to capacity limitations, the transplant cannot be performed in the necessary time period.

b. Criteria applicable to transplantation services and centers in the Commonwealth also apply to out-of-state transplant services and facilities.

2. To qualify for coverage, the facility must meet, but not necessarily be limited to, the following criteria:

a. The transplant program staff has demonstrated expertise and experience in the medical treatment of the specific transplant procedure;

b. The transplant physicians have been trained in the specific transplant technique at an institution with a well established transplant program for the specific procedure;

c. The facility has expertise in immunology, infectious disease, pathology, pharmacology, and anesthesiology;

d. The facility has staff or access to staff with expertise in tissue typing, immunological and immunosuppressive techniques;

e. Adequate blood bank support services are available;

f. Adequate arrangements exist for donor procurement services;

g. The facility has a membership in a recognized bone marrow accrediting or registry program for bone marrow transplantation programs;

h. The transplant facility or center can demonstrate satisfactory transplantation outcomes for the procedure being considered;

i. Transplant volume at the facility is consistent with maintaining quality services; and

j. The transplant center will provide adequate psychosocial and social support services for the transplant recipient and family.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 1998; amended, Virginia Register Volume 15, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 1999; Volume 16, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2000.

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