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National Coverage Determinations (NCD) and Local Coverage Determinations (LCD)

Throughout each benefit year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) release National Coverage Determination (NCD) notices.  NCD notices inform Medicare beneficiaries of new services or therapies that are covered or a change to existing coverage.

Local Coverage Determinations (LCD) are decisions made by a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) whether to cover a particular item or service in a MAC’s jurisdiction (region).  An LCD does not replace, modify or supersede existing Medicare applicable NCDs.

You can find all notices on the Medicare Coverage Database