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CMS Announces MEDCAC Meeting On Non-Invasive Ventilation For COPD

In a recent update from CMS, plans were announced for a virtual Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) meeting on 7/22/20 to review evidence on the use of non-invasive positive pressure ventilation by patients with chronic respiratory failure (CRF) as a consequence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

CMS is seeking the MEDCAC’s recommendations regarding the characteristics that define patient selection and usage criteria, concomitant services, and equipment parameters necessary to best achieve positive patient health outcomes in beneficiaries with CRF consequent to COPD. The MEDCAC will specifically focus on the scientific evidence associated with the outcomes most pertinent to the affected patient population. Outcomes of interest will include decreased mortality, decreased frequency of exacerbations requiring emergency room or hospital admission, increased time to hospital re-admission for respiratory related disease, and improved function and quality of life.

More information can be found here.