The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released an updated bidding timeline, provider education and product lists for their competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment. As part of that release, CMS listed several changes to complex rehab products that will be included in Round II competitive bidding. The specific products are listed below:
– Ultra and light weight manual wheelchairs
– Gimbaled ventilator trays
– Push activated power assist devices
Several weeks ago, US Rehab Vice President Greg Packer and VGM Government Relations Associate Tom Powers spoke with staff members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee which is chaired by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. Packer discussed the economic struggles of many in the complex rehab industry created by the pressures related to competitive bidding for complex rehab in Round I re-bid areas. Packer also emphasized to Chairman Harkin’s staff the importance of allowing seniors to age in their homes and the complexity of evaluation, configuration, measuring, fitting, programming and delivering complex rehab devices, specifically several of the products that ended up being removed from Round II competitive bidding listed above.
Shortly before the release by CMS, US Rehab received word that Harkin’s HELP committee staff had placed a call to CMS over the inclusion of complex rehab products included in Round II competitive bidding. US Rehab would like to thank the diligent work of Chairman Harkin’s staff in helping to remove these products from competitive bidding to allow complex rehab professionals the ability to continue serving their patients in Round II areas.
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