Computed Tomography Angiography of the Coronary Arteries (CCTA)*


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Medical Policy: 06.01.20 
Original Effective Date: October 2005 
Reviewed: April 2016 
Revised: February 2016 


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This Medical Policy document describes the status of medical technology at the time the document was developed. Since that time, new technology may have emerged or new medical literature may have been published. This Medical Policy will be reviewed regularly and be updated as scientific and medical literature becomes available.

Description:

Contrast enhanced computed tomographic angiography of the coronary arteries (CCTA) is a non-invasive imaging test that requires the use of intravenously administered contrast material and high resolution, high speed computed tomography (CT) machinery to obtain detailed volumetric images of the blood vessels of the heart. It has been used as an alternative to conventional invasive coronary angiography for evaluating coronary artery disease (CAD) and coronary artery anomalies.

 

Studies in the peer reviewed scientific literature support the use of 64 slice system for CCTA. Studies have demonstrated that 64 slice CCTA performs with high accuracy for the diagnosis of CAD and can reduce referrals for invasive coronary angiography.

 

The 2010 Appropriate Use Criteria for Computed Tomographic Angiography of the Coronary Arteries (CCTA) written by the American College of Cardiology Foundation, the Society of Cardiovascular CT, the American College of Radiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and the Society of Cardiovascular MR includes the following:

 

In general, the use of CCTA for diagnosis and risk assessment in patients with low or intermediate risk or pretest probability for coronary artery disease (CAD) was viewed favorably. Testing in high risk patients, routine repeat testing and general screening was viewed less favorably.

  • Screening asymptomatic patients using CCTA, repeat CCTA in asymptomatic patients or patients with stable symptoms with prior test results, considered inappropriate.
  • One area of expansion compared with the 2006 criteria involves symptomatic patients without known heart disease. CCTA was felt to be appropriate primary for situation involving a low or intermediate pretest probability of obstructive CAD.  
  • Detectection of CAD including those with prior abnormal cardiac testing using exercise and stress imaging
    • Patient with abnormal myocardial perfusion scan (MPI) or stress echo suspected to be false positive who have low coronary heart disease risk
    • Patient with equivocal myocardial perfusion scan (MPI) or stress echo who have low or moderate coronary heart disease risk
  • Within heart failure with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction with low or intermediate pretest CAD probablity, CCTA considered appropriate.
  • As part of a pre-operative evaluation for patients undergoing heart surgery for non-coronary indications, CCTA considered appropriate.
  • Evaluation of coronary anomalies, CCTA considered appropriate.

 

This document represents the current understanding of the net clinical benefit of CCTA imaging with respect to the balance between benefit and risk to the patient as assessed under the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) appropriate use criteria methodology.  

 

Risk Assessment
Framingham risk score
: is a multivariable risk function that predicts 10 year risk of developing cardiovascular disease events (coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease or heart failure). This risk score includes the following factors: 

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Total and high density lipoprotein cholesterol
  • Systolic blood pressure
  • Diabetic status
  • Cigarette Smoking

Framingham risk score key:
High: greater than 90% pre-test probability
Intermediate: between 10% and 90% pre-test probability
Low: between 5% and 10% pre-test probability
Very low: less than 5% pre-test probablity

 

SCORE (Systemic Coronary Risk Evaluation): predicts a 10 year risk on fatal cardiovascular disease. The SCORE incorporates the following:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Systolic blood pressure
  • Total Cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetic status

SCORE key: 
High risk: >10%
Intermediate risk: 5%-9%
Low risk: 0% - 4%

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Multiple manufacturers have received FDA 510(k) clearance to market CT machines. Multislice CT technology has evolved rapidly over the past several years, beginning with 4-slice scanners that were first introduced in 1998. Since then, multi-slice scanners have been approved and available for diagnostic use, with the first 64-slice system receiving FDA approval in 2004.


Prior Approval:

 

Preauthorization is required.


Policy:

  • The use of CCTA is considered not medically necessary as a screening study for asymptomatic individuals because its effectiveness for this indication has not been established.

Computerized Tomographic Angiography Coronary Arteries (CCTA) may be considered medically necessary for the following indications:

  • Evaluation of suspected cardiac chest pain when all of the following are met:
    • No known history of coronary artery disease (CAD); and
    • Low or intermediate pre-test probability of coronary artery disease (CAD) (using Framingham risk score calculation); and
    • ECG normal/non-diagnostic for etiology of chest pain 
  • Evaluation of suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) including those individuals with prior abnormal cardiac testing (myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) or stress echo) 
    • Individual with abnormal MPI or stress echo within the preceding 90 days suspected to be false positive on the basis of low coronary heart disease risk (using standard methods of risk assessment such as the SCORE risk calculation).
    • Individual with an equivocal MPI or stress echo within the preceding 90 days who have low or intermediate coronary heart disease risk (using standard methods of risk assessment such as the SCORE risk calculation).
  • Individuals with congestive heart failure/cardiomyopathy/left ventricular dysfunction
    • For exclusion of coronary artery disease in patients with left ventricular ejection fraction <55% and intermediate coronary heart disease risk (using standard methods of risk assessment such as the SCORE risk calculation) in whom coronary artery disease has not been excluded as the etiology of the cardiomyopathy.
  • Evaluation for non coronary artery cardiac surgery
    • Individual with intermediate coronary heart disease risk (using standard methods of risk assessment such as the SCORE risk calculation) and being evaluated for non coronary artery cardiac surgery (including valvular and ascending aortic surgery) to avoid an invasive angiogram. All the necessary pre-operative information can be obtained using cardiac CT. 
  • Congenital coronary artery anomalies
    • For evaluation of suspected congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries




Procedure Codes and Billing Guidelines:

To report provider services, use appropriate CPT* codes, Modifiers, Alpha Numeric (HCPCS) level 2) codes, Revenue codes, and/or diagnosis codes.

  • 75574 Computed tomographic angiography, heart, coronary arteries and bypass grafts (when present), with contrast material, including 3D image postprocessing (including evaluation of cardiac structure and morphology, assessment of cardiac function, and evaluation of venous structures, if performed)  

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Policy History:

April 2016 - Annual Reviewed, Policy Renewed

February 2016 - Interim Reviewed, Policy Revised

December 2015 - Interim Reviewed, Policy Renewed

May 2015 - Annual Reviewed, Policy Renewed

June 2014 - Annual Reviewed, Policy Renewed

August 2013 - Annual Reviewed, Policy Revised

January 2013 - Interim Reviewed, Policy Revised

November 2012 - Annual Reviewed, Policy Renewed

September 2011 - Annual Reviewed, Policy Renewed


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