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CMS Officially Cancels EPM and Cardiac Rehab Incentive Payment Models

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule officially canceling the Episode Payment Models (EPMs) for AMI and CABG and Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Incentive Payment Model and rescinding the regulations establishing these models, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

AUC, MOC and Prior Authorization Roundtable Updates

First AUC Developed to Address Patients With Severe AS The first Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for the treatment of patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS), developed by the ACC in collaboration with several other cardiovascular societies, was published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The AUC writing group identified 95 clinical scenarios…

New High Blood Pressure Guidelines Released

High blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle changes and in some patients with medication – at 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90 – based on new ACC and American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for the detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure. The new guidelines – the first comprehensive set since…

New Guidelines Focus on Ventricular Arrhythmias, Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention

The ACC, along with the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society, have published new guidelines for the treatment of adult patients with ventricular arrhythmias (VA) or who are at risk for sudden cardiac death. The new guidelines replace the 2006 ACC/AHA/ESC Guidelines for Management of Patients With Ventricular Arrhythmias and the Prevention of…

New Prior Auth Reporting Tool

The new ACC Prior Authorization Reporting Tool (www.acc.org/PARtool) is open and available to collect members’ data on inappropriate cardiovascular testing and procedure request denials by insurers and prior authorization vendors.