Letter to CMS Regarding Supplemental CMS Episode Groups Posting

Dear Acting Administrator Slavitt:

The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) is pleased to offer its comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) request for comments on the Supplemental CMS Episode Groups Posting. The CVC was established to provide policymakers and the public with a greater understanding of the value that freestanding cardiovascular centers (CVCs) bring to their patients, and of the importance of logical, predictable payments to align incentives and ensure patient access to quality vascular care. The CVC is comprised of 255 freestanding centers and affiliated physicians and staff in 32 states, and represents more than one-third of the sector.1 CVC members include providers (Fresenius Vascular Care, Lifeline Vascular Care, National Cardiovascular Partners, and the Outpatient Endovascular and Interventional Society) and manufacturers (Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. and Avinger).

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