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National Groups Call on HHS and CMS to Release Final Coverage Decision Mitral Valve Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair, or TEER

Published December 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, December 23, 2020 –Today the below national advocacy organizations submitted an official request to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Verma urging CMS to release its final national coverage decision (NCD) memo for mitral valve Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair (TEER), also referred to as Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR).

The TEER procedure has shown promising outcomes for clinically appropriate patients and provides a minimally invasive treatment option for patients who are not candidates for surgical repair. The proposed decision memo (CAG-00438R) was released on June 30th. As mandated by law, the NCD should have been finalized prior to the end of September.

  • Alliance for Aging Research
  • Association of Black Cardiologists
  • HealthyWomen
  • Heart Valve Voice US
  • National Hispanic Medical Association
  • National Minority Quality Forum
  • Men’s Health Network
  • The Mended Hearts, Inc.

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