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BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN RECONFIRMS BENEFITS FOR BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL

 BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN RECONFIRMS BENEFITS
 FOR BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL
 DETROIT, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan has reviewed and reconfirmed its policy on the removal of silicone breast implants.
 The company will continue to cover diagnostic services and treatment for customers if two conditions exist: 1) there are medical symptoms or complications resulting from a breast implant, and 2) a physician determines implant removal is medically necessary.
 "Why the patient received the implant in the first place -- whether for cosmetic reasons or reconstruction after cancer surgery -- is not an issue," explained Fred R. Severyn, M.D., Blues vice president of medical policy. "The same benefits apply in both cases."
 Some of the specific complications which will be covered are capsular contraction from scar tissue, calcium deposits in tissue around the implant and infection, resulting in pain or limitation of motion of the torso or limbs.
 Benefits are not provided for the screening of patients with no symptoms.
 Physicians who participate with the Blues accept Blues payment as payment in full for covered services, minus any co-pays or deductibles required under the patient's benefit plan.
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 /CONTACT: Helen Stojic, 313-225-7975, or Rude Difazio, 313-225-8113, both of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan/ CO: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan ST: Michigan IN: HEA INS SU:


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