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Societies Urge CMS to Rethink LAA Closure Stance

from MedPage Today

The proposed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' plan for coverage of the Watchman left atrial appendage closure device shouldn't require a registry control arm and should adjust performance and patient selection criteria, a trio of professional societies argued. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society sent those requests in a letter to CMS shortly after publishing a consensus statement on institutional and operator requirements for left atrial appendage closure. more


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