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CMS Receives Feedback from Rural HME Providers

During a recent call hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), home medical equipment (HME) providers were able to voice their concerns surrounding business in smaller markets. According to a piece in HME News, rural providers are struggling to stay in business in the competitive bidding arena. This call was a result of the 21st Century Cures Act which requires that CMS take into account stakeholder input on future pricing in non-bid areas.

Under the 21st Century Cures Act, Medicare cuts in non-competitive bidding areas were retroactively delayed to allow some relief for HME providers in rural areas. According to providers on last week’s call these cuts were not only bad for business, but also for providers.

During the call, CMS requested input on average travel distance and costs associated with furnishing items and services in an area and average volume of items and services furnished by suppliers in the area.

While there is a plan in place for CMS to make repayments by July 3, 2017, providers are pushing for a resolution sooner. CHAP will continue to monitor this story and provide updates as they are made available.