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Breast prosthesis

These services may or may not be covered by your HealthPartners plan. Please see your plan documents for your specific coverage information. If there is a difference between this general information and your plan documents, your plan will be used to determine your coverage.

Administrative Process

The purchase of an external breast prosthesis does not require prior authorization.

Coverage

External breast prostheses are generally covered subject to the indications listed below and per your plan documents.

Indications that are covered

  1. External breast prostheses are covered post mastectomy and are limited to one type per affected side.
  2. Mastectomy bra (L8000, L8001, L8002) used to support the breast prosthesis is covered. These are limited to two bras per 12 month period.
  3. Adhesive skin support attachment (A4280) for use with external breast prosthesis when used in place of mastectomy support bras are covered.
  4. External breast prosthesis garment with mastectomy form (L8015) is covered immediately (within six months) post mastectomy. (An example is a Softee®). These are limited to two and no replacements are covered.
  5. Replacements for external breast prostheses or forms will be determined according to the average life of the product, as established by the manufacturers - in most cases, limited to one per affected side per 12 month period.
  6. Replacement breast prostheses or forms are covered when needed due to a change in a member's physical condition, including but not limited to, substantial weight gain or weight loss.

Indications that are not covered

Custom breast prostheses (L8035) are not covered because there is a standard model available which meets the medically necessary criteria.

Definitions

Breast prosthesis - a device or item worn externally that replaces a surgically removed breast.

If available, codes are listed below for informational purposes only, and do not guarantee member coverage or provider reimbursement. The list may not be all inclusive

Codes

Description

L8000

Breast prosthesis, mastectomy bra

L8001

Breast prosthesis, mastectomy bra, with integrated breast prosthesis form, unilateral

L8002

Breast prosthesis, mastectomy bra, with integrated breast prosthesis form, bilateral

L8010

Breast prosthesis, mastectomy sleeve

L8015

External breast prosthesis garment, with mastectomy form, post mastectomy

L8020

Breast prosthesis, mastectomy form

L8030

Breast prosthesis, silicone or equal, without integral adhesive

L8031

Breast prosthesis, silicone or equal, with integral adhesive

L8032

Nipple prosthesis, reusable, any type, each

L8035

Custom breast prosthesis, post mastectomy, molded to patient model

L8039

Breast prosthesis, not otherwise specified

A4280

Adhesive skin support attachment for use with external breast prosthesis, each

S8460

Camisole, post mastectomy

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Products

This information is for most, but not all, HealthPartners plans. Please read your plan documents to see if your plan has limits or will not cover some items. If there is a difference between this general information and your plan documents, your plan documents will be used to determine your coverage. These coverage criteria may not apply to Medicare Products if Medicare requires different coverage. For more information regarding Medicare coverage criteria or for a copy of a Medicare coverage policy contact Member Services at 952-883-7979 or 1-800-233-9645.

Vendor

Items must be received from a contracted vendor for in-network benefits to apply.

References

  1. US Department of Labor: Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA). Accessed 1/25/2018 at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ebsa/laws-and-regulations/laws/whcra

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Policy activity

  • 01/01/1994 - Date of origin
  • 02/01/2017 - Effective date
Review date
  • 02/2018

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