Friday, March 14, 2008

Another Update on Home Testing for OSA

Several weeks ago I posted that regional Medicare carriers in many states decided not to cover home testing. Apparently those decisions are not in effect and the new national decision takes precedence:
That's because CMS has not yet released its final decision on whether to cover at-home based sleep tests. The decision, expected March 13, will likely favor the proposal. Until then, local coverage policy cannot be updated, said Dr. Hughes."Until the rules change, the rules are what they are," he said.
So basically, the new CMS decision overrides any pre-existing rules, but now that there has been a national decision, local coverage policy can be updated (at least that's my understanding, it's a confusing issue).

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