Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Medicare to Pay for MRIs in Patients With Pacemakers

By Chris Kaiser, Cardiology Editor, MedPage Today

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that the evidence is strong enough to reimburse for MRI exams in Medicare patients who have permanent pacemakers.

"We propose to change the language ... of the NCD Manual to remove the contraindication for Medicare coverage of MRI in beneficiaries with implanted PMs [permanent pacemakers] when the PMs are used according to the FDA-approved labeling for use in an MRI environment," the agency's proposed decision memorandum states.


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