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FDAnews Device Daily Bulletin
Aug. 15, 2012 | Vol. 9 No. 160
Medicare Coverage of Heart Assist Devices Up for Review This November
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is planning to re-examine its coverage standards for ventricular assist devices (VAD), but any changes in the offing are still under wraps. On Nov. 14, the agency’s Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee will discuss VAD coverage and how outcomes can be “optimized” through more appropriate selection of patients, physicians and surgery centers, a recent Federal Register notice states.
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