Take Action Today! Reach Out to Your Member of Congress Asking to Support Dear Colleague Letter to Increase Reimbursement Rates for Home Medical Equipment

Published in Government Relations on September 29, 2021

Home medical equipment suppliers (HME) have endured many obstacles over the years while doing their best to continuing to provide quality products and services to patients in the home. Over the past ten years, reimbursement rates for HME reimbursement rates have decreased mainly due to the competitive bidding program. Other obstacles like COVID-19, audits, regulatory burdens, cost increases, staff shortages, and supplier closures have made it incredibly difficult for HME business to continue to provide quality products and services to their patients. Current reimbursement rates for home medical equipment are unsustainable.

Now is the time for action! Please reach out to your member of Congress today asking them to sign this letter asking Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to finalize the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) proposed rule that was issued on October 27, 2020. The rule would establish methodologies for adjusting the fee schedule payment amounts for DMEPOS items furnished in non-competitive bidding areas (non-CBAs) on or after April 1, 2021 or the date immediately following the duration of the public health emergency, whichever is later. This includes the provisions to extend the Medicare 50/50 blended rate for DMEPOS in rural/non-contiguous areas. Additionally, the letter requests CMS to consider additional policies to ensure access to DMEPOS items for Medicare beneficiaries. 

Click here to see the letter.

This letter is being led by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Paul Tonko (D-NY). Representatives are being directed to reach out to their staff to sign the letter.

Please act today! We’ve made it easy for you! Simply click here to send an email/letter to your representative asking them to support this letter. A letter has been composed; you’re welcome to add additional context to the request if you like. Otherwise, you can simply enter your zip code to send a letter. Please take a minute of your day to do this and encourage your friends and coworkers to as well.

The deadline for members of Congress to sign the letter is October 5, so please take action today!


TAGS

  1. cms
  2. hhs
  3. reimbursement
  4. vgm government

From Our Experts

Williams Brothers Healthcare Hosts Meet-and-Greet Event with Rep. Erin Houchin thumbnail Williams Brothers Healthcare Hosts Meet-and-Greet Event with Rep. Erin Houchin Last week, Williams Brothers Healthcare organized a meet-and-greet event featuring Representative Erin Houchin (R-IN-9) to address crucial topics related to HME services and the challenges faced by providers. OMEPA's Legislative Triumphs: A Tale of Relationships and Persistence thumbnail OMEPA's Legislative Triumphs: A Tale of Relationships and Persistence Over the past few legislative sessions, Oklahoma Medical Equipment Providers Association (OMEPA) has navigated a legislative rollercoaster. Their commitment to building relationships and advocating for patients has led to significant wins. Audit Climate – Taking The Temperature thumbnail Audit Climate – Taking The Temperature As we near the midpoint of 2024, what are the main billing/reimbursement headaches being faced by providers? [Vlog] Oxygen Policy Update thumbnail [Vlog] Oxygen Policy Update Listen in as Ronda Buhrmester clarifies the language of the oxygen policy around the co-signature that is highly recommended. Elimination of Noncompete Agreements - FTC Final Rule thumbnail Elimination of Noncompete Agreements - FTC Final Rule A 570-page final rule released by the FTC on April 23 will effectively put an end to the use of noncompete agreements between employers and employees. The final rule is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on May 7, 2024, and will go into effect 120 days from publication (September 4, 2024), barring the results of any legal challenges to the rule. OMEPA Celebrates Another Successful Capitol Rally Day thumbnail OMEPA Celebrates Another Successful Capitol Rally Day On April 23, OMEPA members gathered at the Oklahoma Capitol in support of HB1712. Government Relations: Speak With One Voice thumbnail Government Relations: Speak With One Voice The DMEPOS industry must show a unified front, speak with a unified voice, and together be champions of change. Clarification on Standard Written Orders thumbnail Clarification on Standard Written Orders Recently the DME MACs released a Dear Physician Letter that clarified language on a standard written order (SWO) specifically related to CPAP masks. While the article was great news being welcomed by the industry, it also initiated additional conversation for other PAP supplies such as interfaces and tubing.