Cardiac rehab coverage expanded.
Medicare is proposing to expand national coverage for cardiac rehabilitation services to three additional groups of beneficiaries: those who have had heart valve repair or replacement, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), and heart or combined heart-lung transplant. "With this proposed coverage decision, [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] seeks to expand coverage to a greater number of beneficiaries with cardiac illness," said Administrator Dr. Mark B. McClellan. "But just as importantly, we hope that our proposed decision will raise the public's awareness regarding cardiac rehabilitation services in general." The agency further proposed that cardiac rehabilitation services be comprehensive and include medical evaluation, education, and nutrition services. Medicare has covered cardiac rehabilitation services for beneficiaries following heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, and angina since the 1980s and this coverage will continue. A comment period on the proposed decision ended Jan. 23. CMS plans to issue a final decision within 60 days of the close of the comment period.
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|Title Annotation:||cardiac rehabilitation services included in medicare|
|Publication:||Internal Medicine News|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2006|
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