Government short takes: CMS, DCHCF

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

A sign-on letter asking CMS to withdraw a CPAP bundling pilot program from the next round of competitive bidding collected 31 signatures, according to AAHomecare. The letter also encourages CMS to prioritize reforms to the bidding program. The letter was spearheaded by a bi-partisan group of legislators that includes Reps. Tim Walberg, R-Minn., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Scott Peters, D-Calif., and Michael Bishop, R-Mich. See the final letter and list of signees here…The District of Columbia Health Care Finance Office will raise reimbursement for competitive bid items to 100% of bid rates starting Oct. 1, according to AAHomecare. Previously, these items had been paid at 80% of Medicare rates. The Maryland-National Capitol Area Homecare Association and AAHomecare advocated for the change.