CMS Final Rules Cover the Cost of Bone-Anchored Hearing Devices

The Centers for Medicare and  Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that codifies the Medicare policy guidance when a device is not subject to the hearing aid exclusion. The rule finalizes that certain auditory implants, including cochlear implants, brain stem implants, and osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implants, do not meet the definition of hearing aids that are excluded from coverage.

The final rule was published in the November 6, 2014, in the Federal Register and can be downloaded (starting on p. 419).

Direct any questions to the CMS Office of Legislation at 202.690.8220 if you have any questions. Or visit the Federal Register page for more information.