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ybirdsoffire 12 posts  |  Last Activity: Jun 13, 2014 11:10 PM Member since: Jul 11, 2007
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  • Reference "Ultimate Warrior Met his Fate, Just collasped and died!" message dated 9 Apr 2014.
    Article from TMZ Sports says:
    Officials tell TMZ... the official cause of death for Warrior -- real name James Hellwig -- was determined to be "Atherosclerotic/Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disear" ...aka heart disease.

    Clearly, MTWA could have helped this man!

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • ybirdsoffire ybirdsoffire Jun 12, 2014 11:06 AM Flag

    George Bush harmed this country more than any president I know. You must be 8 years old! You don't remember George? Invaded Iraq; caused the deaths of over 5,000 American Service members (over 100,000 civilian deaths); spent 8 trillion dollars in a war that clearly was not in involved in 9/11; caused economic destruction of the auto industry, banks, housing, transportation, insurance, stock market, etc; as a result of bad management from George Bush's administration, it will take 50 years or more to get out of; invaded Afganistan knowing Bin Laden was in Pakistan wasting billions of dollars and lives. Granted, Obama like most presidents are stupid, but George Bush (the only American president with a criminal record) beats them all. George Bush--Record of Shame!

  • Reply to

    MMA Approval

    by ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 2:13 PM
    ybirdsoffire ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 3:38 PM Flag

    Sorry, I had to chop up the article but that was the only way I could post this. I could not post the link, as well.

  • Reply to

    MMA Approval

    by ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 2:13 PM
    ybirdsoffire ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 3:31 PM Flag

    That document underscored the substantial comparability of the Spectral and MMA methods:
    a. The [Spectral and MMA] methods are analytically comparable…. (page 1316).
    b. Hazard ratios for prediction by the Spectral and MMA methods are similar, whether in the same population or in studies overall (page 1319).
    c. Evidence supports the value of quantitative TWA analysis for both the Spectral and MMA methods (page 1321).
    The MMA Method is a FDA cleared medical device: “The algorithm performs the measurement of this variation at an accuracy and resolution of 1 microvolt” and has “been found to be

    predictive of arrhythmic death and can be used for the purposes of risk stratification” (K032513).
    Regards,
    Scott K. Burke
    Director, Ambulatory ECG

  • Reply to

    MMA Approval

    by ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 2:13 PM
    ybirdsoffire ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 3:28 PM Flag

    Specifically, we request consideration of the substantial comparability of Modified Moving Average (MMA) Method of T-wave alternans (TWA) analysis with the Spectral Method. The target

    Medicare population is: Medicare recipients under Part B “medically necessary services.” The medical indications are: “for sudden cardiac death prediction and risk stratification.” The device

    is intended for use by competent healthcare professionals.
    The body of evidence pertinent to MMA is significantly more robust than when Medicare last considered this issue in 2008, as stated in the July 26, 2013, dossier, which reviews the

    substantial new clinical evidence from peer-reviewed journals supporting the clinical indications, relevance, usefulness, and medical benefits of MMA analysis. In addition, at the time of the

    previous review, the 2011 T-Wave Alternans Consensus Guideline (J Am Coll Cardiol 2011; 58:1309-1324) by 11 experts, sponsored by 3 professional societies, had not been published.

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    MMA Approval

    by ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 2:13 PM
    ybirdsoffire ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 3:26 PM Flag

    This is a formal request for NCD Reconsideration of CMS’s most recent decision memo (CAG-00293R) on May 12, 2008, regarding CPT 93025: “Microvolt T-Wave Alternans Diagnostic

    Testing.” The decision did not allow Medicare coverage of the Modified Moving Average (MMA) Method of T-wave alternans (TWA) analysis. The previous review did not evaluate the

    substantial comparability of MMA method with the reimbursed Spectral Method.

  • Reply to

    MMA Approval

    by ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 2:13 PM
    ybirdsoffire ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 3:24 PM Flag

    In accordance with the Federal Register published on 7-Aug-13 on the Process for Making National Coverage Determinations (see Vol. 78. No. 152), we would like to add the following

    clarifications that are required by the statute:

  • Reply to

    MMA Approval

    by ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 2:13 PM
    ybirdsoffire ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 3:23 PM Flag

    This is in follow-up to the letter sent on July 15, 2013 to Dr. Louis Jacques regarding our request for reconsideration for national coverage determination (NCD) on Microvolt T-wave

    Alternans (MTWA) diagnostic testing to extend coverage to the Modified Moving Average (MMA) method.

  • Reply to

    MMA Approval

    by ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 2:13 PM
    ybirdsoffire ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 2:40 PM Flag

    Tamara Syrek-Jensen, J.D.
    Acting Director, Coverage and Analysis Group,
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    7500 Security Boulevard
    Baltimore, MD 21244
    March 20, 2014
    Re: Formal request for reconsideration for national coverage determination (NCD) on Microvolt T-wave Alternans (MTWA) diagnostic testing to extend coverage to the Modified Moving

    Average (MMA) method

  • Reply to

    MMA Approval

    by ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 2:13 PM
    ybirdsoffire ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 2:38 PM Flag

    GE Healthcare
    Healthcare Systems
    Scott K. Burke
    Director, Ambulatory ECG
    Diagnostic Cardiology
    9900 Innovation Drive
    Wauwatosa, WI 53226
    USA

  • ybirdsoffire by ybirdsoffire Jun 11, 2014 2:13 PM Flag

    Yahoo will not let me post this information on GE's submission back to CMS dated Mar 20, 2014. Search Scott K. Burke to Tamara Syrek-Jensen, J.D. of CMS.

  • Reply to

    This morning's action

    by berrybul May 30, 2014 11:49 AM
    ybirdsoffire ybirdsoffire May 30, 2014 12:30 PM Flag

    I wonder what is going on?

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