We need to fight this. I will provide details next week!
Medicare proposal to cover Optune for Glioblastoma
Medicare has been reviewing coverage for Optune. They published the proposed rule today. See https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/lcd-details.aspx?LCDId=38197&ver=17&DocID=DL34823&SearchType=Advanced&bc=IAAAABAAAAAA&
There is an open comment period now that ends June 24th, and an open meeting on June 20. Medicare will consider the comments and come up with a final rule.
As to the restriction on no evidence of progression after radiation, a large number of patients have pseudoprogression after radiation and there is no way to prove true progression. Even if they have progression, I would still use Optune.
Patients with a low Karnofsky have few other options.
The time limit will force an ugly choice between clinical trials and Optune. Clinical trials will be forced to allow use of Optune or the patient will miss the golden opportunity. That should happen anyway but it is not right for Medicare policy to influence medical decisions.
We need to come up with good arguments, then I will start a letter writing campaign and invite everyone to help out. It would be a horrible precedent to allow Medicare to tell you where you can be treated and to try to influence your treatment options.