Provider Alert! Prior Authorization Criteria for Saphnelo (C9086)

Provider Alert!

Provider Alert! Prior Authorization Criteria for Saphnelo (C9086)

Date: January 14, 2022

Attention: Oncology Providers

Effective Date: March 1, 2022

Providers should monitor the Texas Children’s Health Plan (TCHP) Provider Portal regularly for alerts and updates associated to the COVID-19 event.  TCHP reserves the right to update and/or change this information without prior notice due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 event.

Call to action: Beginning March 1, 2022, Saphnelo (procedure code C9086) will be available for Medicaid members as a medical benefit. Saphnelo (anifrolumab-fnia) is indicated to treat moderate to severe systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) in adult clients receiving standard therapy.

How this impacts providers: There are no prior authorization criteria, but there are age/diagnosis restrictions for Saphnelo (anifrolumab-fnia) C9086 infusion therapy:

  • Member needs to be 18 years of age and older.
  • Member needs to have a confirmed diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (diagnosis codes: M3210, M3211, M3212, M3213, M3214, M3215, M3219, M328, M329).

Next steps for providers: Prescribers should adjust their prescribing patterns accordingly and communicate these changes to their staff.

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