ACC Comments on Medicare Coverage For ICDs

Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began the information collection process to update the national coverage determination (NCD) governing ICD implants. The ACC, in collaboration with the Heart Rhythm Society, submitted comments to CMS outlining improvements that should be made to the clinical indications based on studies and guideline recommendations that have changed since the policy was issued in 2005. CMS will consider the public comments submitted during this information collection phase, undertake its own reviews, and issue a draft NCD by the end of November. Another round of comments will be accepted at that time with a final policy issued before March. Read more on