Itamar Medical announces WatchPAT inclusion in BSC, BCBS FEP policies
Itamar Medical announced that Blue Shield of California and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Plan have included WatchPAT as a covered home sleep apnea diagnostic test. The Company also announced the release of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2020 Fee Schedule which is the second year of a 3-year proposed plan by CMS to reevaluate reimbursement in home sleep apnea diagnostic codes. The changes made in the 2020 Fee Schedule are expected to continue to support and expand the broad use of its WatchPAT technology. In October 2019 both BSC, a health plan that covers approximately 3.7 million lives, and BCBS FEP, a health plan that covers approximately 5.3 million lives, updated their policies to include WatchPAT based on the PAT technology with oximetry and actigraphy, as a covered home sleep apnea diagnostic test. This inclusion of WatchPAT and PAT technology follows an assessment of Diagnosis and Medical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome recently released by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Evidence Street.