Medtronic to provide public comment during CMS committee meeting on July 25
Medtronic plc will deliver public comment during the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee meeting on July 25, which will assess whether scientific evidence supports requiring hospitals and heart team members to meet pre-specified volume requirements for TAVR programs. "While considering requirements for centers and physicians to deliver quality outcomes, patient access is equally important, and we believe that any coverage policy and patient access decisions need to be supported by high-quality empirical evidence," said Pieter Kappetein, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer of the Structural Heart business, which is part of the Cardiac and Vascular Group at Medtronic. "The evidence that we've seen to date does not show a correlation between volume and quality."The MEDCAC panel will vote on nine questions regarding whether there is sufficient evidence supporting procedural volume requirements for operators and hospitals. The vote results will be made public following the meeting.Medtronic will deliver a five-minute presentation in general support of the existing TAVR National Coverage Determination, reinforcing the position that the current coverage policy allows for appropriate patient access to TAVR therapy while achieving quality outcomes. "We do not believe there is sufficient evidence to support significant modifications to the current operator and facility volume requirements in the TAVR NCD at this time," said Kappetein. "We will continue to collaborate with key stakeholders as the NCD process moves forward, and we are committed to delivering meaningful, evidence-based solutions across the care continuum that provide excellent outcomes for heart valve patients across the globe."