More time needed for US ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) implantee registry:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The US Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology have asked Medicare officials to grant a period of grace before they require that all beneficiaries receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator be enrolled in a national registry. The medical groups said there is simply not enough time to establish the registry by the January 1 deadline set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). A variety of details must be worked out first, including finding a source of funding and setting up a registry infrastructure, the groups said. The HRS is leading a working group that CMS has asked to address such issues. The group should advise CMS on a reasonable time for setting up the registry, the letter said.