Pols delay power mobility amendment

Sunday, December 11, 2005

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives voted last Wednesday to send an appropriations bill--and the amendment that would temporarily halt CMS's new power mobility documentation requirement--back to Conference Committee for further refinement.

"My understanding is that there will be minimal changes to the bill," said Seth Johnson, director of government affairs for Pride Mobility Products. "The (PWC amendment) is still protected and will be included in the final version of the bill."

The Conference Committee's House and Senate members are scheduled to meet Dec. 13, after Senate members return to Washington, Johnson said.

The amendment, crafted by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., advises CMS to re-issue its interim final rule on Jan. 1, 2006. It also advises the agency to hold 45-day comment and transition periods and implement the rule not sooner than April 1, 2006.

With 2006 fast approaching, however, that Jan. 1 re-issue date could be bumped back, Johnson said.

CMS's IFR, which took effect Oct. 25, replaces CMNs with prescriptions and physician notes. It also requires physicians to conduct face-to-face examinations and provide suppliers with documentation within 30 days.