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Aetna to Stop Covering Routine Use of Power Morcellator

from The Wall Street Journal

Aetna Inc., will stop covering routine use of the laparoscopic power morcellator in May, marking the most direct blow from a major health insurer to a surgical tool that regulators determined can spread hidden cancer in women. The nation's third-largest health plan with about 23 million medical members, Aetna will implement its new policy starting May 15, a spokeswoman said. Power morcellation — which is used to remove common uterine growths called fibroids, often in hysterectomies — won't be covered under most circumstances, the spokeswoman said. more

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