National ICD Registry becomes official database for Medicare

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 3, 2006 Patients and physicians across the country will now have access to better information on implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) today, as the national ICD RegistryTM becomes the official database for Medicare patients.

A partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and Heart Rhythm Society, the ICD RegistryTM collects detailed information on ICD implantations to assess and improve the care of patients receiving ICDs for primary prevention therapy. Over 1,300 hospitals have been contacted and are in the process of enrolling as participants.

"The new registry for Medicare patients receiving implantable cardioverter defibrillators is helping us meet our goals of increasing patient safety and ensuring the best care possible for heart patients, " noted Stephen Hammill, MD, Chair, CMS ICD Registry National Working Group and Immediate Past President, Heart Rhythm Society.

"The ICD RegistryTM promotes a high quality of care surrounding the implantation of ICDs. Our partnership with CMS ensures that this important quality mission be accomplished and will undoubtedly lead to huge benefits for all health care stakeholders, but more importantly for our ICD patients and their families going forward." added Ralph G. Brindis, M.D., F.A.C.C., ACC-NCDR Management Board Chair.

The 2005 decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand Medicare coverage of ICDs increased the number of eligible Medicare beneficiaries to nearly 500,000 and also required hospitals to submit data to an ICD registry as a criterion of coverage. Effective today, the national ICD RegistryTM replaces the previous CMS QNET registry, which sunsets on April 30, 2006. In addition, as of April 1, all hospitals participating in the ICD registry will be able to extend this coverage to patients diagnosed with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyo

Contact: Amy Murphy
American College of Cardiology

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