COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Pharmacologic nuclear stress testing

April 27, 2021

This article was revised on April 27, 2021, to update the effective timeline.

Effective March 6, 2020, through June 30, 2021, a pharmacologic stress test using nuclear imaging is covered in lieu of a cardiovascular stress test using treadmill or bicycle exercise with continuous electrocardiographic monitoring, when a stress test is medically necessary and cannot be deferred. This coverage decision is subject to re-evaluation for the duration of the public health emergency.

AIM guidelines

For Independence plans that are subject to radiology utilization management through AIM Specialty Health® (AIM) for outpatient non-emergent diagnostic imaging services and certain high-technology radiology services, AIM will apply the above coverage criteria to determine the medical necessity for these services.

To view AIM’s current and future guidelines, go to the Resources section of AIM’s website.

Independence is committed to providing our members with access to the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all Independence members and providers to visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage regularly for the latest news and updates. We will continue to evaluate member needs as the situation changes.

Learn more

For information on the impacted policies and a list of eligible procedure codes, read the Medical and Claim Payment Policy News Articles: