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HCFA (Health Care Financing Administration) rules no change on pacemaker policy

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) has decided not to change Medicare's pacemaker coverage policy. The federal health plan for the elderly and disabled currently pays for pacemaker implantation for patients with symptomatic bradycardia. But it refuses to cover the procedure for post myocardial infarction patients who might benefit from beta blocker drugs but cannot receive the medication because of asymptomatic bradycardia or those patients who take the drugs and later develop asymptomatic bradycardia as a result of the treatment.

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