MRI for Blood Flow Measurement May Be Covered

Your practice may now be able to get paid for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) when used for blood flow measurement. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted, Sept. 28, a decision memo stating that “the blanket noncoverage of MRI for blood flow determination at 220.2 is no longer supported by the available evidence.”

CMS says it will remove the phrase “blood flow measurement,” from the Nationally Noncovered Indications at 220.2(C)(2) of the National Coverage Determinations (NCD) Manual.

Coverage will be considered at the local level. Check with your local Medicare contractor for updated policy provisions.

For more details, go online to the CMS What’s New Report Results page and click on CAG-00399R.

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