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CMS's next step on vents is unclear

August 7, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - It was a first step, but CMS has more homework to do before it moves to establish a new national coverage determination for non-invasive positive pressure ventilation, say the members of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee. The members met virtually on July 22 to discuss clinical data to better define COPD patients who could benefit from NIPPV, usage criteria and equipment parameters, say industry stakeholders who listened in on the call. “For me,...


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MEDCAC agrees patients need access to appropriate respiratory devices

July 30, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee agreed that there is a need for COPD patients to access the respiratory device that is best suited for their condition, during a virtual meeting last week, according to AAHomecare. The committee met to discuss the use of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation for COPD patients and to advise CMS on coverage criteria for devices such as CPAP, BiPAP and ventilators. The committee also agreed there is no evidence to support...

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