Navigation Links
House Bill Preserves Medicare Patient Access to Doctor-Prescribed Equipment Says AAHomecare
Date:4/25/2013

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medicare patients are one step closer to ensuring continued access to much-needed home medical equipment thanks to the bipartisan efforts of Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) Late last night, the two Congressmen, senior members of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced a bill that will prevent the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from implementing Round 2 of a controversial national bidding program and replace it with a market pricing program.

H.R. 1717, the Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013, will stop the bidding program, forcing CMS to adopt a market-based approach to determine prices for home medical equipment that is prescribed by doctors for Medicare patients rather than relying on administrative price setting.

Homecare advocates say that the bill is a major victory for Medicare patients. "The market-based approach advocated by Rep. Price is supported by numerous patient advocacy groups, as well as by the homecare industry," says Joel D. Marx , chairman of Medical Service Company in Cleveland, Ohio, and of the American Association for Homecare board of directors. "It guarantees that patients will continue to have full access to home medical equipment services in a timely, competitive manner while assuring Medicare and taxpayers of the savings that are greatly needed in this era of unbalanced government budgets."

The bidding program, which has drawn scathing criticism from more than 240 economists, including five Nobel laureates, patient advocacy groups, and companies that provide home medical equipment through Medicare, had been set to roll out to 91 additional areas across the country on July 1. It was piloted in nine areas beginning in early 2011.

Chief among the critics' complaints are that the program is anti-competitive and results in widespread job losses and company closings that impair Medicare patients' ability to receive and use medical equipment their doctors have told them they must have in order to stay safely in their own homes and out of nursing homes and hospitals.

"H.R. 1717 will ensure that Medicare achieves its goal of reimbursing for home medical equipment using a market-based price. At the same time, the legislation will create the framework for a well-structured auction program that avoids the significant failures of the current program," said Tyler J. Wilson , president of AAHomecare. "The Price proposal presents a better system for beneficiary access to quality care and it will create an improved business environment for companies that provide home medical equipment."

The American Association for Homecare represents providers of home medical or durable medical equipment and services who serve the needs of millions of Americans who require prescribed oxygen therapy, wheelchairs, enteral feeding, and other medical equipment, services, and supplies at home. Visit www.aahomecare.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Association for Homecare
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. BioSurplus Expands, Debuts New 8000 Square Foot Warehouse and Service Facility
2. House Voting Today on FDA Reform Act
3. SOCMAs Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force Welcomes House Passage of FDA Reform Act
4. American Society of Hematology Statement on House Passage of Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA)
5. AdvaMed Commends House Progress on Repealing Medical Device Tax
6. National Patients Rights Association Opposes House Bill 5681 As A Result Of Potential Risks To Caregiver System
7. Statement from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Passage of the EXPERRT Act in House of Representatives
8. HealthWarehouse.com Reports 82% Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth
9. HealthWarehouse.com and Northwest Physicians Network Partner to Provide Exclusive Discount Pharmacy Services to Patients
10. MDHI Enhances Service Offerings with New Options for Customers of Americas Largest Warehouse Club Chain - Announces New Extended Concierge Services
11. Kaiser Permanente Appoints Alexandra Morehouse as Vice President of Advertising and Brand Management
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... 2017 Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Demand Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... The global wound care market was worth ... CAGR of 6.7% during 2016-2022 Among the various wound care ... in the global market in 2015. Among the various applications, surgical wound ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... their offering. ... analyzes the worldwide markets for Dental Implants in US$ Million. The report ... Japan , Europe , ... World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 2017 ShangPharma, a leading life ... drug development and discovery services, technology, and ... announced today the intent for a strategic ... consolidating the Contract Research Organizations (CRO) and ... These entities include ChemPartner Shanghai, ChemPartner Fengxian, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... ... The iaedp Foundation, the premier provider of educational programs and training standards ... full spectrum of disordered eating, announced today that the 2017 Symposium set a new ... and several countries converged on the Green Valley Resort in Las Vegas. , ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... Sedona, Arizona (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 ... ... Shamangelic Healing Center, Sedona, Arizona’s Premier Center for Shamanic Healing and Spiritual Awakening, ... Jorge Luis Delgado, June 9--24, 2017. This sacred and spiritual journey during ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... (ONS) wanted to create a communications platform that positions them as the go-to ... and ONS reinvented their online publication as an always-on, always-fresh news, views and ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... On ... Advanced ERISA Benefit Claims Litigation seminar in Chicago, Illinois. She will present ... majority of cases litigated under ERISA involve claims for long-term disability benefits. ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... Viewers who like ... of critical historical facts, cultural practices, goods, services, and societal issues tend to appreciate ... look into the popular practice of utilizing running events for causes around the world. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):