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Recapping the week: John Gallagher treks across Capitol Hill-Many follow up meeting

John along with Jay Witter of AAHomecare were able to meet with multiple key congressional members in Washington D.C. this week to discuss priorities of the DME industry.

As reported earlier this week, Great Lakes members met with Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) hosted by Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy in Washington, Indiana. John had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Bucshon’s staff in Washington D.C. later in the week where they conveyed great support and would be committed to working with HHS to solving these pressing issues.

John and Jay also met with Sen. Ron Wyden’s (D-Ore.) office following a very successful meeting last with PAMES members in Portland. John was also able to meet with the offices of Sen. Grassley (R-Ia.), Rep. Walden (R-Ore.) Rep. Noem (R-S.D.), Rep. Blum (R-Iowa), Rep. McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Rep. Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.)

These meeting could not have come at a better time as providers continue to push for these immediate DME legislative priorities:

  • 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.