In brief: Final rule, Great Elm, Best Buy Health – HME News

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care has partnered with AAHomecare and the VGM Group to send a one-page letter to CMS urging the agency to publish the DMEPOS final rule as quickly as possible.

A proposed rule published in October outlined the agency’s plans to make permanent the 50-50 blended reimbursement rates in rural areas.

“In light of the pandemic, it is more important than ever that the Medicare payment system provides stability to suppliers to ensure that patients who require medically necessary care and treatments in the home have access to equipment and services,” the groups write in the letter to CMS Acting Administrator Elizabeth Richter. “Our organizations support the flexibilities CMS has provided during the pandemic. As important as the flexibilities are, it is also important to provide certainty in the payment system.”

In comments to the proposed rule submitted in December, CQRC also asked CMS to make permanent the 75-25 blended rates that are in effect in non-bid, non-rural areas.In its comments, AAHomecare asked CMS to also create a 90-10 blended rate for former competitive bidding areas.

CMS corrects DMEPOS fee schedule

WASHINGTON – CMS published a revised January 2021 DMEPOS fee schedule with adjustments to 919 codes, AAHomecare reported this week.

The agency says it identified errors in the original fee schedule published on Dec. 11, 2020, prompting it to make the adjustments.

On average, non-rural areas will receive 0.9% more and rural areas will receive 0.5% more than the original fee schedule, according to an analysis by AAHomecare.