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Bipartisan Group of 22 House Members ask CMS to Stop Prepayment Review Project that would Jeopardize Care for Medicare Beneficiaries
Date:12/16/2011

ring businesses to obtain substantial capital to continue operating.

"Including a demonstration project to the requirements already in place could harm seniors that depend on the durable medical equipment to live independently in their homes," the lawmakers wrote. "Additionally, taking a one-size-fits-all approach adds burdensome regulations to good-standing providers and threatens jobs. We encourage you to halt the prepay review demonstration project due to the potential threats to businesses, jobs and seniors' access to care."

Furthermore, the House members recommended that CMS work with the stakeholders, including physicians, beneficiaries, and suppliers, to develop a program that restores access "to these invaluable products and services without impacting legitimate businesses."

In addition to Reps. Towns and Flores, the letter was signed by Rep. Henry Cuellar, PH.D, (D-TX), Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX),   Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D., (R-TX), Rep. Brian Higgins (D- NY), Rep. Mark S. Critz (D-PA), Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-IL),  Rep Todd Young (R-IN), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. David Rivera (R-FL). Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN).

Organizations representing the aged and disability communities, as well as home medical equipment providers, are calling on Congress to stop the prepayment program. In fact, the United Spinal Association said the demonstration project will further endanger people living with disabilities who need mobility assistance.

"The process for receiving a power wheelchair has already become burdensome for Medicare beneficiaries and their physicians," said Paul Tobin, president and CEO of United Spinal Association. "There are parts of the country where
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