Medicare proposes expanded coverage of Angioplasty

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that it is proposing to expand its coverage policy for carotid artery stenting (CAS).

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A proposed National Coverage Determination (NCD) posted today includes a coverage expansion that reflects the latest evidence on the effective use of stenting, a procedure that reduces the occurrence of stroke in the Medicare population. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Approximately 70 percent of all strokes occur in people age 65 and older.

"CMS is committed to providing broader access to appropriate and innovative care to our beneficiaries in the management of their carotid artery disease," said CMS Acting Administrator Leslie V. Norwalk, Esq.

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