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CMS Indecisive On New Add-On Payment Candidates

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Medtronic's Restore rechargeable implantable neurostimulator would continue to get federal add-on payments but its older Kinetra neurostimulator would not if CMS solidifies its proposed inpatient prospective payment rules for fiscal year 2007

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