The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have updated the criteria for hospitals and physicians to begin or continue providing transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery. The decision gives hospitals and providers more flexibility to meet the CMS requirements for performing TAVR, the agency said Friday.
The original National Coverage Determination (NCD) for TAVR procedures was cleared in 2012, when the technology and associated procedure were still new. The new policy updates requirements based on new information about the safety and viability of the procedures. CMS released its proposal to update TAVR coverage in March.