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CMS Panel Seeks Guidance For Medicare Coverage of Depression Treatment

from Modern Healthcare

The Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee will discuss and vote on the definition of treatment-resistant depression and advise the CMS on coverage. Mental-health trade groups and Medicare beneficiary advocates fear the CMS convened the panel to limit coverage. None could point to any major related concerns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an estimated 7 million American adults over the age of 65 experience depression, and antidepressants accounted for some of the most costly drugs covered by Medicare Part D. more

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