Corporate Compliance

CMS Transmittals and MLN Matters Articles

Medicare Insider, June 26, 2007

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Vagus nerve stimulation for resistant depression

On June 22, CMS published two transmittals relating to the coverage of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). These transmittals announce that CMS has determined VNS is not medically necessary for the treatment of resistant depression and provides instructions for the billing of medically necessary VNS treatments.

Effective Date: May 4, 2007
Implementation Date: July 23, 2007

View the first transmittal.
View the second transmittal.


MLN Matters available for previously released transmittals

On June 20, CMS issued MLN Matters articles for the following transmittals that were released earlier this month:

  • ICD-9-CM annual update (view this article)
  • Updates to drug average sales pricing files (view this article)
  • October 2007 update to HCPCS codes used for Skilled Nursing Facility consolidated billing enforcement (view this article)



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