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Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure done to change the form and/or function of the nose to correct nasal deformity. Correction of a nasal deformity by rhinoplasty is done to improve the airway, provide balance to the face or to improve appearance.
POLICYRhinoplasty done for the sole purpose to improve facial balance and/or appearance without documented prior trauma or other obstruction is considered cosmetic and is not medically necessary.
Rhinoplasty done to correct airway deformity caused by a congenital defect that impairs normal function (e.g., air flow for adequate breathing) or as a result of nasal/facial injuries sustained from a traumatic event is considered medically necessary. Examples would include cleft lip/palate or severe burns. Photographs, as part of the normal history and physical exam, should be kept in the patient medical records. Note that photography is not separately billable.
The coverage guidelines outlined in the Medical Policy Manual should not be used in lieu of the Member's specific benefit plan language.
POLICY HISTORY2/1998: Approved by the Medical Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)
4/9/2001: Policy revised; Description, Policy, Managed Care Requirements deleted
5/2001: Revisions approved by MPAC; sources updated
1/23/2002: Prior authorization deleted
5/2/2002: Type of Service and Place of Service deleted
5/9/2002: Code Reference section completed
2/13/2004: Code Reference section updated, ICD-9 procedure code 21.81, 21.82, 21.83, 21.88, 21.89 deleted, ICD-9 diagnosis code range 749.00-749.25, 873.20-873.39 listed separately
12/31/2008: Policy reviewed, no changes
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (added 5/2001)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (added 5/2001)
AETNA U.S. Healthcare ® (added 5/2001)
Alliance Blue Cross Blue Shield (added 5/2001)
CODE REFERENCEThis is not intended to be a comprehensive list of codes. Note that some codes may be variable, and coverage will be based on the clinical indication for the service.