The CMS is mak­ing it eas­ier for pa­tients with im­planted car­diac de­vices

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

to re­ceive MRI scans. The agency first signed off on cov­er­ing MRIs for pa­tients with im­plantable de­vices like pace­mak­ers in 2011, but the ap­proval in­cluded a key re­quire­ment. Medi­care would pay for the MRIs only if pa­tients were part of a clin­i­cal trial. Now, the agency is al­low­ing imag­ing with­out re­quir­ing the so-called “cov­er­age with ev­i­dence devel­op­ment.” The de­ci­sion comes af­ter the New Eng­land Jour­nal of Medicine last year pub­lished a study that found no long-term ill ef­fects when pa­tients with pace­mak­ers and de­fib­ril­la­tors re­ceived MRIs.

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