Pennsylvania infusion providers dealt setback

Sunday, December 31, 2006

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell vetoed a bill Nov. 9 that would have allowed home infusion providers to bill for services provided to the state's Medicaid patients. The bill, H.B. 2202, would have defined a home infusion therapy benefit separate from retail pharmacy and allowed medical assistance payments for infusion pharmacy services, including dispensing medication, supplies and equipment. The bill had passed unanimously through both the Pennsylvania House and Senate. "It wasn't unexpected, but we were on such a high that we thought, 'How can he veto it?'" said Helen Michener, general manager of Harrisburg-based Critical Care Systems. Michener said the industry would continue to work with the state.