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Medicare Coverage Determination Process

How to Request an NCD

Requesting a National Coverage Determination (NCD) is a formal process outlined in the September 26, 2003 Federal Register Notice and in several subsequent guidance documents. We strongly encourage those wishing to request an NCD (e.g. industry, beneficiaries, or others who may be unfamiliar with the process) to contact us informally prior to the formal request to learn more about the process. Informal and formal requests may be submitted through our website or emailed to cms_caginquiries@cms.hhs.gov.

NOTE: We are requesting that all documents sent to CMS as part of the NCD request be 508 compliant.

Section 508 is an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which requires that Federal websites be accessible to people with disabilities. Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web. In accordance with HHS guidelines, CMS will only post materials that are 508 compliant.

You can read more about the Department's web accessibility policy at the HHS website. The link is located in the "Related Links Outside CMS" section below.


Federal Register Notice: Revised Process for Making Medicare National Coverage Determinations 09/26/2003 (PDF, 72KB)
Related Links Inside CMS

Medicare Coverage Guidance Documents

Factors CMS Considers in Opening a National Coverage Determination

Coverage Center

Medicare Coverage Database
Related Links Outside CMSExternal Linking Policy
HHS Web Accessibility Policy


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