CMS pivots on MRA coverage decision

June 4, 2010 by MassDevice staff

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reverse course on its national coverage decision for a type of MRI, magnetic resonance angiography, that looks for stenosis in arteries.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it no longer believes a separate coverage indication is necessary for magnetic resonance angiography, opening the procedure to the same reimbursement consideration as a traditional MRI.

The decision reverses an earlier stand by the national insurer on a procedure that tests for stenosis in arteries as different from traditional MRIs.

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