Coding, Coverage, and Reimbursement Resources Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and commercial payers provide coverage for implantation of ventricular assist devices (VADs) for specific indications. A VAD treats patients suffering from advanced heart failure. It is surgically attached to one or both intact ventricles and is used to assist or augment the ability of the damaged or weakened heart to pump blood. The HeartWare™ HVAD™ System features a small centrifugal blood pump that draws blood from the left ventricle and propels it through an outflow graft connected to the patient’s ascending aorta.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved coverage for the Medtronic Micra™ Transcatheter Pacing System through Coverage with Evidence Development (CED). The Micra is a pacemaker, delivered percutaneously via a minimally invasive approach, directly into the right ventricle without the use of leads. Leadless pacemakers, also known as intracardiac or transcatheter pacemakers, are the first and only pacemakers in which the components are combined into a single device implanted directly within the heart, without any subcutaneous pocket or tunneling.