CMS Kicks Can Down Road By Pushing MCIT Breakthrough Devices Rule To Dec. 15. Here’s Why
In a move that will undoubtedly ruffle industry feathers, the US Medicare agency on 14 May issued a final rule that moves implementation of the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology rule to the end of the year.
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The US Medicare agency has proposed to withdraw a rule that would give temporary automatic coverage to breakthrough devices, stating the rule doesn’t meet its evidence threshold and could put patients at risk.
Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, a key player in the passing and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, was confirmed on 25 May as the next administrator of the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. At least one industry group is already nudging her to put the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) rule for breakthrough devices into effect.
John Leppard with Washington Analysis says the Medicare agency’s recent delay of the MCIT breakthrough devices rule until mid-December suggests the CMS will likely scrap it altogether and start from scratch.