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Other CMS and OIG Issuances

Medicare Insider, July 22, 2008

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CMS issues National Coverage Decision (NCD) for FDG PET scans for infection and inflammation
 
On July 18, CMS issued an NCD for FDG PET scans for infection and inflammation in which it maintained its noncoverage of FDG PET scans for chronic osteomyelitis, infection of hip arthroplasty, and fever of unknown origin.
 
View the NCD.
 
CMS issues fact sheet on Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA)
 
On July 16, CMS issues a fact sheet announcing the provisions enacted by MIPAA. MIPPA includes provisions affecting physician and hospital payment, therapy caps, and durable medical equipment.
 
View the fact sheet.
 
View a related blog entry posted by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt.

CMS issues proposed decision memo for thermal intradiscal procedures

On July 15, CMS issued a proposed decision memo for thermal intradiscal procedures. CMS determined that thermal intradiscal procedures are not reasonable and necessary for the treatment of low back pain and proposed to issue a national noncoverage determination.
 
View the proposed decision memo.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
On July 16, CMS issued six new/updated frequently asked questions related to Medicare fee-for-service payment. 



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