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United Healthcare update elevates coronary
CTA to first-line test for patients with stable chest pain
Arlington, VA (May 12, 2020) — Effective April 1, 2020, United Healthcare updated its policy coverage to include reimbursement for coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) as a first-line test for patients with stable chest pain and low to intermediate risk of coronary artery disease (CAD).
“The favorable policy update shows that United Healthcare recognizes the accumulating evidence demonstrating coronary CTA’s ability to accurately diagnose both non-obstructive and obstructive CAD, as well as lead to improved patient outcomes” said Ron Blankstein MD, MSCCT, president of SCCT.
United Healthcare’s policy update will make it easier for providers to offer a coronary CTA for qualifying patients. Providers wishing to pursue testing will be offered coronary CTA without the need for prior authorization. If the provider accepts the suggestion, they will receive automatic approval and an authorization number for the coronary CTA.
Per the updated policy, “United will reimburse for Coronary CT Angiograms when ordered to evaluate stable chest pain in members with low and intermediate risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) as first-line testing. Computed tomographic angiography (CTA) is expected to replace the need for other functional stress testing in this population.”
The update adds: "The following tests are considered functional stress tests:
  • Nuclear Stress
  • Stress Echocardiogram
  • PET Stress"



About the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

Founded in 2005, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) is the international professional society devoted to improving health outcomes through effective use of cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT), with members from over 85 countries. SCCT is a community of physicians, scientists and technologists advocating for access, research, education and clinical excellence in the use of CCT. For more information, please visit






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Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography