Rogers T, Khan JM, Edelman JJ, Waksman R

Cardiovasc Revasc Med 2018 Dec;19(8):964-970

PMID: 30344056


Medicare coverage for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in the United States (US) is governed by the 2012 National Coverage Determination (NCD 20.32), which enshrined minimum numbers of TAVR, surgical aortic valve replacement, and percutaneous coronary intervention that centers must perform to begin or maintain TAVR programs. In July 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) convened a meeting of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) to review the evidence for setting minimum procedure volume requirements and to evaluate the impact of such requirements on access to care. In this paper, we summarize the MEDCAC panel deliberations, the evidence presented to the panel, and how the panel members voted. CMS is expected to publish a draft decision in March 2019 that may reshape the TAVR landscape in the US for years to come.