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Transmittals: CMS implements artificial heart NCD, clarifies physician signature requirements, and more

Medicare Insider, September 3, 2008

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CMS issues transmittals implementing artificial heart national coverage determination (NCD)

On August 29, CMS issued two transmittals implementing its May 1 NCD that established coverage for artificial hearts under certain circumstances. 

Effective date: May 1, 2008
Implementation date: October 6, 2008.

View the first transmittal (updating the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual).

View the second transmittal (updating the Medicare Claims Processing Manual).

CMS issues transmittal clarifying previous transmittal on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for obstructive sleep apnea

On August 29, CMS issued a transmittal rescinding and replacing a July 25 transmittal it had issued to implement its national coverage determination for CPAP therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.

Effective date: March 13, 2008
Implementation date: August 4, 2008

View the transmittal.

CMS clarifies physician signature requirements for diagnostic tests

On August 29, CMS issued a transmittal updating the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual to clarify the physician signature requirements for diagnostic tests. See the “Note from Hugh” above.

Effective date: January 1, 2003
Implementation date: September 30, 2008

View the transmittal.

CMS releases MLN Matters article

CMS released a MLN Matters article last week relating to a transmittal previously announced in the Medicare Weekly Update.



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