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Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation


HERC reviewed and approved the draft coverage guidance and related Prioritized List changes as presented in the meeting materials.

Coverage Guidance   Public Comment Disposition   Prioritization Changes


VbBS reviewed the draft coverage guidance and recommended prioritization changes. See meeting materials for recommendations.


The EbGS reviewed public comments and heard public testimony on the draft coverage guidance, made revisions, and referred it to the VbBS and HERC for prioritization changes and approval. The VbBS will review the draft coverage guidance at its meeting on 11/13/2014. Draft Coverage Guidance      Public comment disposition

6/20/14 to 8 a.m. 7/22/2014

The draft coverage guidance has been posted for a 30-day comment period. Rules for offering public comment are posted on our Coverage Guidance Open for Comment page.  Draft Coverage Guidance


EbGS will discuss this topic at its June 5, 2014 meeting. Sources are:

Al-Khatib, S.M., Allen Lapointe, N., Chatterjee, R., Crowley, M.J., Dupre, M.E., Kong, D.F., et al. (2013). Treatment of atrial fibrillation. Comparative Effectiveness Review 119. (Prepared by the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10066-I.) AHRQ Publication No.13-EHC095-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Retrieved from www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/reports/final.cfm

Chen, H.S., Wen, J.M., Wu, S.N., & Liu, J.P. (2012). Catheter ablation for paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD007101. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007101.pub2. Retrieved from http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD007101/catheter-ablation-would-be-an-alternative-to-inhibit-recurrence-of-paroxysmal-or-persistent-atrial-fibrillation

Hashimoto, R.E., Raich, A., Junge, M., & Skelly, A. (2013). Catheter ablation procedures for supraventricular tachyarrhythmia, including atrial flutter & atrial fibrillation. Olympia, WA: Washington State Health Care Authority Health Technology Assessment Program. Retrieved from http://www.hca.wa.gov/hta/Pages/Forms/HTA_Findings.aspx

January, C.T., Wann, L.S., Alpert, J.S., Calkins, H., Cleveland, Jr, J.C., Cigarroa, J.E., et al. (2014). 2014 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and the Heart Rhythm Society. Circulation, 129. doi:10.1161/CIR.0000000000000041. Retrieved from http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2014/03/27/CIR.0000000000000041.citation