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DME Suppliers Meet With Rep. Guthrie And Sen. McConnell’s Office To Discuss DME Legislation

DME suppliers meet with Rep. Guthrie and Sen. McConnell’s office to discuss DME Legislation

(John Gallagher, Max Hoyt and Kelly McGee of VieMed and Rep. Brett Guthrie)

Max Hoyt and Kelly McGee of VieMed, along with John Gallagher of VGM, met this morning with Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) in his Radcliff office. The group discussed the importance of DME legislation, including the noninvasive ventilator bill, H.R. 4945, and the DME bill, H.R. 2771.

Rep. Guthrie currently supports these pieces of legislation. The group thanked him for his support as well as strategized on how to continue to gain support from his peers.

The group then traveled to Louisville for a meeting with the offices of Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. Discussions there included the importance of DME legislation including H.R. 4945.

 

Your Input is needed! 2 important Requests for information.

1-House Ways and Means RFI on priority topics that affect Health Status and Outcomes

As we reported last week, the House Ways and Means Committee is seeking input via a Request for Information (RFI) on priority topics that affect health status and outcomes for consideration and discussion in future member sessions of the task force. The DME Industry needs to be strong voice! The deadline to submit is this Thursday, November 29th.  Also, please encourage hospital discharge planners and case managers to complete the RFI as well.

Click here to view and submit the RFI from the Ways and Means Committee.

2-Public Comments on Competitive Bidding Surveys

CMS is soliciting comments on questions to ask in surveys conducted to key stakeholders (e.g., beneficiaries, contract suppliers, and referral agents), which will be utilized to further strengthen the monitoring, outreach, and enforcement functions of the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program. The surveys are intended to assess, at a minimum, if the:

  • Item/service was received.
  • Supplier furnished an item the beneficiary did not want or need.
  • Beneficiary/referral agents had difficulty locating a contract supplier to provide the necessary item(s).
  • Beneficiary out of pocket expense exceeded the 20% coinsurance.
  • Beneficiary experienced delays in receiving the item/service.
  • Beneficiary had difficulty accessing the supplier for any follow up needs, such as answering questions, repairing or maintaining the equipment, or delivering replacement accessories or, if applicable, oxygen tanks.
  • Item/service was compliant with the physician’s written order.
  • Quality/durability/performance of the item does not meet Medicare quality standards.
  • Service provided by the supplier did not meet Medicare quality standards.
  • Contract supplier has concerns related to competitive bidding that are not attributed to general medical documentation requirements.

Additionally, CMS is soliciting comments on effective methods for contacting referral agents as they play a critical role in assisting beneficiaries in obtaining competitively bid DMEPOS items.

To submit a comment, please email it to [email protected] . In order for your comment to be considered, you must type “Competitive Bidding Surveys” as the subject line for your email. Only comments submitted by 11:59:59 PM Prevailing Eastern Time on December 20, 2019, with the subject line above will be considered.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at VGM Group.

We are very thankful for you, our members, and all of the hard work you put in every day to care for your patients. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us to provide you with the highest quality of service possible. Our members are, without a doubt, the best in the industry and we are proud to have all of you as a part of the VGM family. We are especially grateful that you have continued through the battle to fight government policies affecting your business and patients. 

VGM wishes all of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving. We hope that you have the opportunity to spend the holiday with family and friends.

Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of the holiday.

 

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