Non-Invasive Ventilator Legislation on the Way
After CMS Administrator’s response to a Congressional sign-on letter failed to address various industry concerns, the industry and Congressional champions forge a legislative response.
- By David Kopf
- Oct 29, 2019
AAHomecare Senior Vice President of Public Policy Jay Witter, pictured speaking at last week's Medtrade Washington Update, says legislation to protect non-invasive ventilators, which CMS added to Round 2021, is coming.
Legislation to protect non-invasive ventilators is on the way, and the latest edition of the HME Business Podcast covers the details you need to know.
HMEB readers might recall that CMS added non-invasive ventilators to Round 2021 of competitive bidding, and in response, a Congressional sign-on letter was sent to CMS and HHS leadership urging the agencies to stop the plan. CMS Administrator Seema Verma responded to the House letter saying that Medicare had implemented measures to protect access. However, her response did not address a variety of specific issues raised by lawmakers and the industry that covered more than access.
In episode 017, the first of three special, post-Medtrade episodes, Jay Witter, senior vice president of public policy for AAHomecare, discusses the work done thus far to convince CMS to reverse its worrying course of action. My conversation with Jay explores what HME providers should know about the issue and the pending legislation, and how they can help protect this benefit and the patients that need it.
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In the previous episode, audit expert Wayne van Halem, president and founder of audit consulting firm The van Halem Group, tackled a disturbing new audit development: the HHS OIG has once again expanded its audit workplan to include PAP supplies.
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David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.