Medicare To Cover 3 PET Scans, Up From Proposed Limit

Law360, Los Angeles (June 12, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT) -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Tuesday that Medicare would cover up to three of the particular medical scan used for oncology treatment planning, significantly expanding on an earlier plan to cover only one scan using fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography.

The decision came after CMS issued a proposed decision memo March 13 on coverage of FDG PET scans. CMS had suggested removing the “coverage with evidence development” requirement, a process by which coverage was granted contingent on additional evidence collection, and instead covering one...
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