ASP effort gains congressional support

Sunday, June 20, 2004

June 21, 2004

WASHINGTON - Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has joined team HME. The senator and member of the Senate appropriations committee, last week sent a letter to CMS-chief Mark McClellan touting the need for a revised reimbursement for inhalation drugs and medical equipment.
"That is a big win for AAHomecare and our membership," said AAHomecare President Kay Cox.
Specter joins Rep. Charles Norwood, R-Ga., in support of a regulatory fix to the ASP plus 6% reimbursement switch that is scheduled to hit the industry in January 2005. In his letter to CMS, Norwood advocated for the addition of a service component to be paid to inhalation drug providers to cover their costs of care.
The ASP reimbursement was on the agenda of the more than 200 visits to members of congress by HME providers during AAHomecare's legislative conference.
"[These meeting were very productive," said Cox. "This letter from Sen. Specter - these are results and these results are pouring in."