March 15, 2007

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be re-examining its national coverage determination for the diagnosis of sleep apnea patients who need CPAP to see if other diagnostic tests besides just facility-based polysomnography should be allowed. According to CMS, “The formal request is to remove the current requirement for facility-based polysomnography.” The request was made by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

The reconsideration is open to comment, which can be submitted through to CMS through its Web site.