Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Medical Policy


Medical Policy:
Effective Date:
May 3, 2021
Issued Date:
May 3, 2021
Last Revision Date:
April 2021
Annual Review:
April 2021

This policy version was replaced on April 4, 2022. To find the newest version, go to, read and accept the Blue Cross Medical Policy Statement, then select “Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Medical Policies.” This will bring up the Medical Policy search screen. Enter the policy number without the version number (last 3 digits).

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to repair or reshape the nose.

This policy is designed to address medical guidelines that are appropriate for the majority of individuals with a particular disease, illness, or condition. Each person's unique clinical circumstances may warrant individual consideration, based on review of applicable medical records.

Policy Position Coverage is subject to the specific terms of the member's benefit plan.

NOTE: Coverage may be subject to legislative mandates, including but not limited to the following, which applies prior to the policy statements:

I.     Rhinoplasty may be considered MEDICALLY NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE when ANY of the following criteria are met:

  • A structural abnormality displaces the nasal structure, resulting in fixed, medically significant airway obstruction that medical therapy has failed to correct; OR
  • Performed on an eligible dependent child who has a congenital disease or anomaly that has caused a functional defect (e.g. cleft palate) as determined by the attending physician; OR
  • Incidental to or following another surgery that was needed because of injury, sickness or disease of that part of the body.

II.   Rhinoplasty is considered COSMETIC for all other indications.

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Denial Statements

No additional statements.


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota medical policies apply generally to all Blue Cross and Blue Plus plans and products. Benefit plans vary in coverage and some plans may not provide coverage for certain services addressed in the medical policies. When determining coverage, reference the member’s specific benefit plan, including exclusions and limitations.

Medicaid products may provide different coverage for certain services, which may be addressed in different policies. For Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) policies, please consult the MHCP Provider Manual website.

Medicare products may provide different coverage for certain services, which may be addressed in different policies. For Medicare National Coverage Determinations (NCD), Local Coverage Determinations (LCD), and/or Local Coverage Articles, please consult CMS, National Government Services, or CGS websites. 

Note that services with specific coverage criteria may be reviewed retrospectively to determine if criteria are being met. Retrospective denial of claims may result if criteria are not met.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota reserves the right to revise, update and/or add to its medical policies at any time without notice. Codes listed on this policy are included for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice. Inclusion or exclusion of a code does not constitute or imply member coverage or provider reimbursement. 

These guidelines are the proprietary information of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Any sale, copying or dissemination of the medical policies is prohibited; however, limited copying of medical policies is permitted for individual use.


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