CMS Approves Supervised Exercise Therapy For Some PAD Patients

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized its national coverage decision (NCD) of supervised exercise therapy for symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients with intermittent claudication (IC). IC patients will be eligible for up to 36 sessions during a 12-week period. The final coverage reflects suggestions made by the ACC and other organizations regarding supervision, site of service, session sequencing, and amputation in response to the proposed NCD issued in March. The coverage is effective immediately, but it will take several months for CMS to issue guidance for providers to submit claims and guidance for Medicare Administrative Contractors to process those claims.


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