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Act fast on SMART Act, stakeholders say

November 15, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders are pushing providers to act fast on a bill delaying the inclusion of non-invasive ventilators in competitive bidding for five years.They'd like to get as many co-sponsors for the bill, known as the “Safeguarding Medicare Access to Respiratory Therapy (SMART) Act of 2019,” ahead of the upcoming Thanksgiving recess, and they suggest focusing first on the 180 representatives who signed a letter asking CMS to drop vents from the program.“If you are...

Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC), Dan Starck, Non-invasive ventilators, SMART Act

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Competitively bid vents? Providers fear worst

November 15, 2019Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - There are too many unknowns and there is too much at stake for CMS to include non-invasive ventilators in its competitive bidding program, providers say.The “Safeguarding Medicare Access to Respiratory Therapy (SMART) Act of 2019,” introduced last month in the House of Representatives, would help to finally create a comprehensive coverage policy governing the use of non-invasive vents in the home, they say.“I've been pushing for standards of care since I could...

Non-invasive ventilators, SMART Act, Viemed Healthcare

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