NHIA on final rule: Association criticizes ‘outdated notions’

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Home Infusion Association is “disappointed” by CMS’s recently released ESRD final rule, which, among other things, finalizes payment provisions for home infusion therapy services beginning in 2021. The association objects to the agency’s plan to limit reimbursement for professional services to only those days that “skilled professionals”—defined as nurses—are in the home. “The recently published home infusion rule continues to reflect outdated notions regarding the critical role pharmacists play in creating patient access to home-based infusion services,” said Connie Sullivan, president and CEO of NHIA. “The NHIA stands ready to work with members of Congress to enact legislation that will create a Medicare home infusion benefit that brings the same efficiency, choice and success that patients enjoy in the private sector.”