Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, today commented on the announcement by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about a National Coverage Analysis (NCA) for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR):

CMS announced that it has opened the NCA to reconsider the National Coverage Determination (NCD) released in 2012 for TAVR. This development was clearly expected and the analysis will examine the extensive body of evidence regarding the clinical, economic and quality of life benefits of TAVR.

As we move forward, our priority will be on assuring that the NCD provides all people with heart valve disease with access to all treatment options, enabling patients to choose the right treatment at the right time. We look forward to continuing to engage with CMS and other stakeholders in the finalization of this important policy, which will define the future of heart valve patients’ access to this life-saving care.

The tracking sheet and full request letter are available at: https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-tracking-sheet.aspx?NCAId=293&type=Open&bc=ACAAAAAAQAAA&