CMS Proposes Medicare Coverage Of Sleep Apnea Treatment
Medicare Coverage Of Sleep Apnea
Currently, Medicare covers a sleep apnea treatment called CPAP, orcontinuous positive airway pressure, but only for beneficiariesdiagnosed with tests performed in sleep laboratories. Such tests costabout $1,500, compared with about $500 for home tests for sleepapnea.
Under the proposal, which likely will become final inMarch after a public comment period, Medicare beneficiaries couldobtain home tests for sleep apnea from any physician, not only sleepspecialists. According to the Daily Star, the "controversial"proposal could prove "far-reaching," as more than half ofthe estimated 18 million U.S. residents with sleep apnea remainundiagnosed.
Terence Davidson of the Universityof California-San Diego, a supporter of home tests for sleepapnea, said, "It's been awkward and inconvenient andexpensive to get a sleep test, and now that should be improved"(AP/Arizona Daily Star, 1/8).
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