Radiology Treatment Privileging

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' privileging requirement for our providers in Massachusetts who perform radiology procedures to treat varicose veins (such as endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and laser ablation) is designed to ensure that our members receive access to appropriate treatment from providers and facilities that meet standards of care for these procedures.

In order for a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts-contracted provider to be reimbursed, he or she must be privileged to provide these procedures and the procedure must be medically necessary. Additionally, all sites of services, including physician offices, must be accredited by either the American College of Radiology (ACR) or the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).

For help finding a privileged provider, call Member Service at the number on the front of your member ID card.

Considering Treatment for Varicose Veins? Questions to Ask Your Doctor:

Radiology treatment for varicose veins is just one of several treatment options. Learning about the risks and benefits for all your options, will help you make a more informed decision about which treatment is right for you.

Radiology treatment for varicose veins is not covered when performed solely for cosmetic purposes or is not considered medically necessary.

To ensure that radiology procedures for varicose veins are being performed safely and effectively, only Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts-contracted providers who are privileged to provide these procedures will be reimbursed for performing them when they are medically necessary. To find a privileged provider, please call Member Service at the number on the front of your member ID card.

Radiology procedures to treat varicose veins must be performed at facilities accredited by either the American College of Radiology (ACR) or the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).