The Heart Rhythm Society, the America College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) submitted a joint comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the National Coverage Analysis for Leadless Pacemakers.
Health Policy & Payments
The Heart Rhythm Society maintains a strong voice in Washington, DC; its advocacy efforts focus on issues of critical importance to the heart rhythm specialist, scientist and allied health personnel.
The Society sets standards for heart rhythm care and ensures appropriate reimbursement for electrophysiology services.
This article provides background information and instructions about reporting into the PQRS program in 2016.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that it has completed its investigation of hospitals billing Medicare for implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) that did not meet Medicare coverage requirements. The announcement includes settlements with 51 hospitals in 15 states for more than $23 million. Last October, the DoJ reached settlements with 457 hospitals in 43 states.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Medicare coverage of Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Closure Therapy. The coverage is effective immediately.
Congress successfully avoided a government shutdown through passage of a $1.15 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2016 omnibus spending bill before adjourning for the calendar year. The spending bill adds an additional $2 billion for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), resulting in a budget of $32 billion -- $1 billion above what President Obama requested for the NIH in his budget. The FY 2016 funding increase is significant as it follows a decade of flat budgets that have failed to keep up with inflation.
The Heart Rhythm Society is pleased to announce that the 2016 Coding Guide for Heart Rhythm Procedures and Services is available for purchase.
The Heart Rhythm Society, the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions submitted a joint letter to the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services commenting on its proposed National Coverage Analysis for Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Closure Therapy. The public comments focus on patient selection, operator training and experience and data collection.
On October 30th, 2015, the Department of Justice announced that it has reached settlements in its investigation of hospitals for billing Medicare for ICDs implanted in Medicare patients that did not meet Medicare coverage requirements. The announcement includes 70 settlements involving 457 hospitals in 43 states for more than $250 million.
HRS received verification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that while the Agency revises Change Request 9078, Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are instructed to implement the National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Cardiac Pacemakers: Single Chamber and Dual Chamber Permanent Cardiac Pacemakers (20.8.3) at the local level.
On September 2 2015, the Society submitted a letter to the Centers for MEdicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) commenting on various aspect of the proposed rule, which was released on July 7 2015.