Coverage of Conditions and Treatments (Coverage Decisions)

Use this lookup tool to determine coverage decisions, or if prior authorization is needed for the treatment or condition. Note: For Self-insured employer claims, you must contact the employer or their claims administrator.

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Archived Coverage Decisions.

See Treatment Guidelines and Resources for additional information.

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Osteochondral autograft and allograft transplantations are surgeries that attempt to restore the biomechanical and physiologic cartilage functions of the joint. Autograft transplantation involves harvesting bone and intact articular cartilage from a non-weight-bearing portion of a joint from the patient (i.e., autologous tissue) to fill a defect in the weight-bearing portion of the joint. Allograft transplants involve the transplantation of a piece of cartilage and subchondral bone from a source outside of the patient to fill in the osteochondral defect.

Coverage decision: OAT is covered with conditions (Effective date: October 1, 2012 through July 30, 2016).
Medical treatment guidelines: Surgical Guideline for Work-related Knee Injuries 

Note: OAT for joints other than the knee, such as the shoulder, the elbow and the ankle, is not covered.