CMS Solicits Input On Coverage Of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
The agency is reopening the coverage policy on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, non-invasive blood pressure measurement over 24-hour cycles, in response to a request from medical professional societies. Currently, Medicare only covers ABPM in limited circumstances where there is reason to believe a patient's in-office blood-pressure is not an accurate representation of their normal blood pressure.
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An April 9 proposed decision memo from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would allow additional coverage for use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (APBM) devices by Medicare beneficiaries with known or suspected high blood pressure who meet specific criteria defined by the agency.
Medicare will soon begin covering ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to determine whether a patient's blood pressure is high due to fears about being in a doctor's office, or is high for any other reason that requires management.
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