The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had covered transcarotid artery revascularization for patients at high risk of poor outcomes during carotid artery endarterectomy to correct for stenosis, but the agency recently expanded that patient population to those at standard surgical risk. The news was lauded by the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) as a solid development for patients, given that this procedure’s complication rates are in many instances lower than seen in conventional endarterectomy.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision last month restricting coverage of a class of Alzheimer’s drugs to clinical trials meeting the agency’s standards still isn’t sitting well with some lawmakers.
The U.S. CMS has suspended the effective date of the radiation oncology (RO) model for bundled care under the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system. The development stems from congressional legislation that pushed the start date back until next year, giving stakeholders who are opposed to the program more time to press their case with Congress and the agency.