Aetna to curb power morcellator coverage due to cancer risk
Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at 10:27 am by Williams Hart | Updated: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 5:08 pm
Starting on May 15, U.S. health insurer Aetna began limiting its coverage of power morcellator use in hysterectomies over issues that the medical device might spread uterine cancer in women, CBC News reported on May 5.
The third largest health insurer in the country said it is cutting back its coverage for laparoscopic procedures involving power morcellators because their safety has still not been proven. However, the health insurer said it will provide exceptions for pre-menopausal women who want to preserve their fertility and are left with no other effective option. Exceptions will also be provided for women whose lives would be threatened through another treatment.
More and more health insurers in the U.S. are cutting their coverage on procedures involving power morcellator over the device’s risk of spreading undetected uterine cancer. If you have been harmed by this medical device in any way, a lawyer at Williams Hart might be able to represent you in a case against the manufacturer involved. Call us at (713) 352-7071 today.