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Committee on Energy and CommerceCommittee on Ways and MeansIntroducedOctober 23rd, 2013
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Medicare Ventricular Assist Device Access Act of 2013
To ensure appropriate coverage of ventricular assist devices under the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act, and for other purposes.
Medicare Ventricular Assist Device Access Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to revise the Medicare national coverage determination relating to coverage of ventricular assist devices to extend the coverage of such devices under title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act for individuals approved for heart transplantation to apply also to: (1) individuals undergoing an evaluation to determine candidacy for heart transplantation; and (2) individuals who would be heart transplant candidates, but are not so eligible because of a contraindication that may be favorably modified by the use of a ventricular assist device. Directs the Secretary to use specified processes to revise its national coverage determination relating to ventricular assist devices to incorporate the requirements of this Act.