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UnitedHealthcare restricts use of nonvaginal hysterectomies

from Medscape (Free login required)

Giant insurer UnitedHealthcare will require prior authorization for all hysterectomies except those performed vaginally on an outpatient basis beginning April 6. By creating this restriction, the insurer has joined the backlash against the use of laparoscopic power morcellators that have been shown to disperse undiagnosed uterine cancer in abdominal cavities. The devices shred tissues so they can be removed piecemeal through laparoscopic incisions. more

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