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Stakeholders push for rule’s release

Stakeholders push for rule’s release

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care has partnered with AAHomecare and the VGM Group to send a one-page letter to CMS urging the agency to finalize the DMEPOS final rule as quickly as possible. 

A proposed rule published in October outlined the agency’s plans to make permanent the 50-50 blended reimbursement rates in rural areas. 

“In light of the pandemic, it is more important than ever that the Medicare payment system provides stability to suppliers to ensure that patients who require medically necessary care and treatments in the home have access to equipment and services,” the groups write in the letter to CMS Acting Administrator Elizabeth Richter. “Our organizations support the flexibilities CMS has provided during the pandemic. As important as the flexibilities are, it is also important to provide certainty in the payment system.” 

In comments to the proposed rule submitted in December, CQRC also asked CMS to make permanent the 75-25 blended rates that are in effect in non-bid, non-rural areas. 

In its comments, AAHomecare asked CMS to also create a 90-10 blended rate for former competitive bidding areas.  


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