Effective January 1, 2009, CMS is allowed to add coverage of "additional preventive services" if certain statutory requirements are met, as provided under section 101(a) of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) (Pub. L. 110-275). Among other things, this new benefit allows CMS under 42 CFR 410.64 to cover "additional preventive services", if it determines through the NCD process that the service is recommended with a grade A (strongly recommends) or grade B (recommends) rating by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and meets certain other requirements.
CMS has decided to initiate a new NCA on screening for HCV in adults, which is recommended with a grade B by the USPSTF.
September 5, 2013
CMS initiates this NCA on screening for HCV in adults. The initial 30-day public comment period begins with this posting date, and ends after 30 calendar days.
CMS considers all public comments and is particularly interested in comments that include clinical studies and other scientific information that provide evidence for improvement in short and long term outcomes related to this screening service.
Instructions on submitting public comments can be found at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coverage/InfoExchange/publiccomments.html. You can also submit a public comment by clicking on the highlighted word "comment" in the title bar at the top of this page. We strongly urge that all public comments be submitted through this website. Please do not submit personal health information in public comments. Comments with personal health information may not be posted to the website.
March 4. 2014