Home infusion stakeholders push for temporary payment

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

MCKINNEY, Texas – Also trying to push legislation across the finish line before the end of this year: home infusion stakeholders. S. 1738 and H.R. 3178 would create a temporary payment for clinical services for home infusion services beginning in 2019, bridging a gap until a permanent payment goes into effect in 2021. At press time, S. 1738 had 27 co-sponsors. H.R. 3178 has already passed by a voice vote. “We are hopeful the Senate will take action before year-end to close the gap in care that has been created,” said Drew Walk, CEO at Soleo Health, a national provider of specialty home and alternate-site infusion services and a member of a coalition called Keep My Infusion Care at Home. “This bill is integral to thousands of Medicare patients whose life-sustaining care will become comprised if no resolution is reached before the end of the year.” Congress is expected to adjourn for the year on Dec. 21 or 22.