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January 25, 2018

Four Tests Added to List of CLIA Waived Tests

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No Coverage Change for PTA of Renal Arteries

April 22, 2008:
After a careful review of the medical evidence, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determined that Medicare coverage of PTA of the renal arteries and PTA concurrent with renal artery stent placement should not be changed. Therefore, PTA with concurrent stent placement coverage is at the discretion of local Medicare contractors.

The announcement was made in early April. Medicare covers PTA of renal arteries for patients with an inadequate response to a thorough medical management of symptoms and for whom surgery is the likely alternative.

This national coverage determination (NCD) is contained in section 20.7 of Pub.100-03, Medicare NCD Manual.

Deborah C. Hall
Clinical/Technical Editor


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