Yesterday, Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-IN) introduced the ventilator bill, H.R. 6012.
Click here to see the bill language.
The Beneficiary Respiratory Equipment Access and Transparency to Home Ventilator Act, a.k.a. Breath Act of 2016 intends to preserves Medicare beneficiary access to ventilators.
Specifically, this bill addresses the declining reimbursement rates for home ventilators and establishes standards for determining the appropriate use and coverage requirement for ventilators.
The bill plans to:
-Increase reimbursement for home ventilators by 20% in 2017.
-Compare rate to previous years to determine payment for subsequent years, based on utilization.
-Establish policies and standards for determining the appropriate use for ventilators
VGM will closely monitor this bill and provide updates as it goes through the legislative process.