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