CQRC urges passages of bid-delay

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Friday, November 18, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care this week urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would delay steep cuts to reimbursement for home oxygen.

The Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act would reinstate the phase-in period of cuts to soften the blow on suppliers.

“It’s time for leaders in the House and Senate to work together to enact the critical provisions of the bill,” said Dan Starck, CQRC chairman, in a release. “It remains clear that more time is needed to adequately measure and monitor the impact of earlier cuts that took effect on Jan. 1 before Medicare implements deeper cuts on home respiratory care.”

In July, the Senate began a “hotline process” to pass an amended version of H.R. 5210, which had already been passed by the House of Representatives earlier in the month, but that effort failed.

Lawmakers, patient groups, physicians and health systems have voiced growing concerns with the impact of the program on beneficiary access.