CMS puts final nail in MCIT payment proposal for breakthrough devices

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rescinded the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and definition of “Reasonable and Necessary” final rule today.

CMS said it intends to explore ways to improve the coverage process for better access to innovative and beneficial medical devices, including a process for the Medicare program to cover new technologies based on scientifically sound clinical evidence and health and safety protections.

“Although we continue to be in favor of enhancing access to new technologies, we are mindful that they may have unknown or unexpected risks and must first ensure such technologies improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries,” CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said in a news release. “The Medicare program needs to implement policies that balance access and appropriate safeguards.”

The rule would have authorized government payments for medical devices designated as breakthroughs…

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