The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened a brief public comment period on a request to lift reimbursement restrictions on imaging pacemaker patients with pacemakers.
The review has been requested by Robert Russo, MD, with Scripps Research Institute. A copy of Dr. Russo’s request can be viewed here.
The public comment period is open through July 28, 2010, and I strongly encourage anyone with questions or concerns about the safety of MR imaging for patients with implanted cardiac devices (Dr. Russo correctly points out that CMS’ restriction fails to speak directly to implanted cardio-defibrillators, or ICD’s) to offer their comments to CMS.
The full explanation of the current restrictions on MR imaging of pacemaker patients (also aneurysm clip patients, and pregnant patients), as well as the instructions for reviewing other public comments or submitting your own, can be found here.Tobias Gilk, President & MRI Safety Director Mednovus, Inc. Tobias.Gilk@Mednovus.com www.MEDNOVUS.com