Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, January 11th, 2004
The CMS coverage would link the DeBakey VAD to the CMS payment code Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) 525. Initially, the DeBakey VAD was to be reimbursed under DRG's 104/105 which allowed for approximately $26-35,000 of hospital reimbursement. The DRG 525 reimburses hospitals for the implant procedure at the rate of approximately...
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