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CQRC fights estimated 5% cut to stationary oxygen 

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CQRC fights estimated 5% cut to stationary oxygen 

December 16, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS’s “meager” 0.6% CPI-U adjustment escalates the need to pass H.R. 8158, says the Council for Quality Respiratory Care. The lack of a larger adjustment, combined with the budget neutrality requirement, means a reimbursement cut of about 5% for stationary oxygen in non-bid areas, though the impact varies by region, according to the council. “We remain hopeful that Congress will implement a technical fix to this issue through bipartisan end-of-year legislation,”...

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Providers commend CMS on changes to Round 2021

October 30, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS's decision not to push forward with the majority of Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program has been met with support from numerous providers. CMS on Oct. 27 announced new payment amounts for off-the-shelf back and knee braces but not for 13 other product categories, including CPAP and oxygen therapy, because there were no expected savings. In light of the ongoing public health emergency, it's the right thing to do, says Casey Hoyt, CEO of Viemed Healthcare. “While the...

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CQRC promotes bill during Nat'l Respiratory Care Week

October 27, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Council for Quality Respiratory Care is celebrating National Respiratory Care Week, Oct. 26-31, by promoting H.R. 8158, a bill that would eliminate the budget neutrality requirement for home oxygen services, supplies and equipment. The annual event, sponsored by the American Association for Respiratory Care, recognizes the critical role that respiratory therapists play in promoting patient health. The CQRC commends RTs for their efforts to ensure continued access to care, even as...

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Expanding telehealth is 'worthwhile for everybody'

September 11, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - The Council for Quality Respiratory is throwing its support behind the CONNECT Act, a bill that would expand telehealth services for RTs, because it would also help to strengthen the referral process for oxygen therapy. “We hope our process of talking to folks in the administration and the House and Senate to support this act helps to get it pushed through,” said Crispin Teufel, chairman of the CQRC and CEO of Lincare. “DME benefits indirectly, but the expansion of...

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CQRC backs telehealth bill

September 1, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Council for Quality Respiratory Care, a coalition of home respiratory therapy providers and manufacturing companies, is backing a bill in the House of Representatives that would expand telehealth services to allow RTs to provide services as part of CMS's Innovation Center alternative payment models. The bill would also authorize CMS to waive geographic and other restrictions for respiratory care services provided in high-need, professional shortage areas. “We commend these...

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Lawmakers, stakeholders continue press for bid delay

August 6, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - West Virginia's congressional delegation has asked CMS Administrator Seema Verma to delay Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program during the public health emergency.The letter, spearheaded by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Va., and Shelley Capito, R-West Va., also seeks to extend the blended rates in both competitive and non-bid areas to “maintain stability and access across all parts of the country.”West Virginia has lost 38% of providers in the past two years due to drastic...

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CQRC taps Teufel as new chairman

July 16, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Council for Quality Respiratory Care has named Crispin Teufel as chairman of the board. Teufel, CEO of Lincare, succeeds Dan Starck. “I am honored and humbled to serve as the next chairman of the CQRC,” said Teufel. “As we navigate the unprecedented challenges imposed by COVID-19, I look forward to working collaboratively with my industry colleagues to continue delivering high-quality care to patients both during the pandemic and beyond.” The CQRC is a coalition...

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CQRC to CMS: Help providers do their jobs

March 30, 2020Guest Commentary

I am writing on behalf of the Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) to highlight how our members—the home oxygen, sleep, and ventilation therapy suppliers and manufacturers-are prepared to help during the COVID-19 emergency when patients diagnosed with the disease have access to the equipment and supplies they need to recover. For us to fully serve these patients, however, we need your help in trying to address some of regulatory restriction that will be a barrier to caring for these...

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In brief: Providers deploy precautions, infusion bills introduced

March 13, 2020HME News Staff

YARMOUTH, Maine - HME providers have begun taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of employees, patients and their communities in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Cape Medical Supply based in Sandwich, Mass., is limiting person-to-person activity, opting instead to ship products to patients. It is also encouraging patients to use its web-based technologies, including a web portal and mobile app, for ordering, communications and information. “We are standing by ready...

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CQRC backs AHRQ report

March 3, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Council for Quality Respiratory Care has highlighted a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that found patients who use home respiratory therapies tend to experience better health outcomes than those who do not. The AHRQ, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, analyzed 68 studies covering 53,733 patients to evaluate home noninvasive positive pressure ventilation in adults with chronic respiratory failure in terms of initiation,...

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