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DMEPOS proposed rule is on the move

DMEPOS proposed rule is on the move

Tom RyanWASHINGTON – CMS has sent the DMEPOS proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for final review, AAHomecare reports. 

A letter asking CMS to act on the rule, published a year ago, garnered 95 signatures last week from members of the House of Representatives, including champions on the influential Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees. 

“Capitol Hill is starting to understand the market realities and new operational environment that suppliers and manufacturers are facing, thanks to the effective grassroots advocacy efforts from so many HME leaders,” said Tom Ryan, AAHomecare president and CEO. 

The rule would, among other things, continue the 50/50 blended rates for rural areas and adjust payment amounts in non-competitive bidding areas. 

Final approval from the OMB is required for regulations with potentially significant budgetary impacts.  There is no set timeframe for the OMB to give their OK – the process could take a few days or stretch on further, according to AAHomecare.   

“We need OMB to move quickly to finish work on the rule,” Ryan said. 


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