CMS examining CT angiography

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking a look at CT angiography (CTA) as part of an internally generated national coverage analyses (NCA).

CMS said it's concerned that the procedure has been rapidly adopted by the clinical community despite the lack of clinical evidence that it improves patient health outcomes. The NCA will evaluate the potential evidence for CTA when used to diagnose coronary artery disease and determine if a national coverage determination (NCD) is warranted, according to CMS.

In addition, CMS said it would also consider the potential of "coverage with evidence development" as an appropriate NCD decision. Public comment is available until July 13, 2007, and CMS expects to complete the national coverage analyses by March 12, 2008.

By staff writers
June 21, 2007

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