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Final Rule: Coverage Continues for Auditory Osseointegrated Implants

November 10, 2014 - 9:28am

Academy Advocates and CMS Clarifies Hearing Aid Exclusion in Final DMEPOS Rule
After discussions with Academy leaders and others, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised its proposal to designate auditory osseointegrated implants (AOI) as hearing aids, which would have excluded them from Medicare coverage. The final rule for Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DEMPOS) will allow for the longstanding coverage of AOIs to continue. MORE

CMS Issues 2015 Final Rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 
On October 31, CMS released the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule. Key provisions include: transitioning global codes, identifying increased values for several esophagoscopy codes, affirming the RUC recommended values for endoscopic Zenker's and VNG codes, and finalizing several changes to CMS quality initiatives, including two new PQRS measures groups for AOE and sinusitis. The Academy will provide a detailed summary in the coming weeks. MORE