PAMES members came together in Portland, OR last week to speak with the offices of Sen. Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer.
Sen. Wyden’s office and Congressman Blumenauers’ staff both offices on the concerns with DME in 2017 and the short-term goals of the industry:
Implementation of Section 16007 in the CURES Act to retroactively reimburse suppliers- Congress must direct CMS adjust this date to reflect this urgency and direct the DME MACs to begin dispersing these reimbursements immediately.
Delaying Reimbursement Cuts Beginning January 1, 2017-CMS must immediately delay the January cuts until the program is assessed by the incoming administration and the effects that these cuts have on patients are known.
CMS Applying “Double Dip” on Oxygen Concentrators-In order to prevent care disruptions for patients, CMS should restore 2017 rural payments for oxygen concentrators to the appropriate levels using current methodology based on SPA based adjusted fee schedules.
Rep. Blumenauer’s offices was engaged and willing to continue discussions with Sen. Wyden’s offices. Sen. Wyden’s staff was in tune to the issues of the DME industry, also discussed the letter written by Sens. Wyden and Hatch last year to Sec. Burwell urging to extend the phase-in of the modified fee schedule for an additional 12 months.