Carriers Announce Delayed Implementation for PAP Device LCD
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Thursday, August 21, 2008
In July, the four DME MACs - NHIC, NGS, Noridian and CIGNA - published a local coverage determination (LCD) for positive airway pressure (PAP) devices for obstructive sleep apnea. Some criteria within the policy were scheduled for dates of service on or after September 1. According to notices, all four carriers will delay implementation of all criteria scheduled to take effect September 1, 2008. A revised LCD will be published in the near future and will include a new effective date for those criteria.