In 2006, there were several reimbursement developments that affect the medical device industry. CMS issued a guidance document on coverage with evidence development (CED). It also approved two initiatives to explore the benefits of gainsharing between hospitals and physicians. In addition, the centers issued a proposed rule containing new coverage and payment policies for certain diagnostic imaging services. And it proposed a competitive acquisition program for durable medical equipment (DME).
By learning about these events, medical device makers have an opportunity to prepare for the subtle changes that could lead to big problems (or solutions) down the road. This article discusses each development and offers analysis on how industry is responding.