Pa. providers face big cuts

Sunday, April 30, 2006

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania providers have forced state lawmakers to take a closer look at a proposal to cut DME and home health reimbursement by $16.8 million. At a Spring Lobbying Day, 32 participants representing 15 companies met with 49 lawmakers. Of particular concern: Medicaid competitive bidding. "We made the legislators more aware of our concerns," said Dave Fiorini, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (PAMS). While PAMS's primary goal is to stop bidding, the HME association is exploring back-up options. PAMS is in talks with the Department of Public Welfare to try and carve out several items: high-end rehab, concentrators and ventilators, infusion and specialty pharmacy, orthotics and prosthetics, and dual eligibles.