With the introduction of S. 2312, the DME Access and Stabilization Act, by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) there is little time to spare in building a wave of support for this legislation. This bill is what will greatly soften a devastating blow to the DME industry, especially in the rural areas of the United States. The key bullet points for what this bill accomplishes are:
- Establish a 30 percent adjustment for “rural” suppliers and 20 percent adjustment for other non-bid areas to address the challenge of serving large geographical areas (in place of the 10 percent proposed).
- Provide a two-year phase-in for national price adjustments effective 2017 (in place of the six months proposed).
- Eliminate the bid cap (in place of CMS proposal for cap at previous bid rates).
- Re-establish fee schedule effective 2019. Request stakeholder medical equipment and services input regarding the following:
- Travel distance and cost associated
- Average volume
- Clearing price
- Number of providers in CB areas compared to non-CB areas
- Apply regional Medicare competitive bidding rates to Medicaid in 2020
Now is the time to reach out to your senators and urge them to support or sponsor this legislation that offers some long overdue relief for providers. The bill already has a few co-sponsors that have been extremely supportive of the DME industry, they include: Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Angus King (I-ME) and Mike Crapo (R-ID).
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VGM’s John Gallagher has created a helpful video on the VGM D.C. Link that will give you an in-depth analysis and strategy of this legislation moving forward. Click here to view his video!