N.C. battles insurance cuts

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Association of Medical Equipment Services has retained legal representation to fight back against Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina’s plan to reduce their reimbursement rates to 25% below the 2016 Medicare rural fee schedule, or, where necessary, 25% below the non-rural state fee schedule, according to a bulletin from the association. In December, NCAMES asked to freeze pricing at the 2015 fee schedule after the insurer announced the change, which BCBS said it couldn’t do. NCAMES also discussed this situation with the Department of Insurance on December 31, 2015, and sent a letter to BCBS officials once again requesting a freeze on the pricing change.