If you suffer from Essential Tremor and are interested in receiving the non-invasive procedure Magnetic Resonance guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS)……
YOU NEED TO ACT NOW!!!
National Government Services (NGS Medicare), the Local Medicare Contractor that oversees benefit administration for Medicare beneficiaries residing in the following states: Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin recently published a “DRAFT” Local Coverage Determination (LCD) on the topic of MRgFUS for essential tremor. While NGS feels the technology is “promising”, they came to the conclusion that they will NOT consider this procedure to be a covered benefit. This is very disheartening as MANY people who suffer from tremor could benefit from this procedure.
NGS Medicare is allowing public comments on the subject through November 30, 2017. Without significant written comments by the public, the draft policy will likely be finalized in its current unfavorable decision.
If you would like to submit comments, encouraging NGS Medicare to provide coverage for its Medicare beneficiaries, you can do so by sending them electronically. Please reference the following in your subject line: Re: Magnetic Resonance Image Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) for Essential Tremor: DL37421
The email address for submitting comments is: PARTBLCDCOMMENTS@anthem.com