Ask Your Legislators to Urge CMS to Remove Non-Invasive Ventilators from Competitive Bidding
Help engage your elected officials to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use its authority to prevent Non-Invasive Ventilators (NIV) from being included in the Competitive Bidding.
On March 8, 2019, CMS announced that it will be adding NIV to the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program for Round 2021. Ventilators are life supporting medical devices that require service-intensive monitoring of medically fragile patients, and adding NIV to the CBP will negatively impact end users who have Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurance who benchmark their rates based on Medicare.
Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) are leading a Congressional sign-on letter asking CMS and HHS to reverse course on their recent decision to add non-invasive vents to the competitive bidding program for Round 2021.
Their letter to CMS reads in part:
“Congress has never specifically directed the Secretary to competitively bid ventilators, and Medicare has never attempted to bid any items within its entire DME category of devices requiring frequent and substantial servicing. CMS has never proposed including ventilators in the program through rulemaking and we would encourage you to solicit such input on the record before doing so. CMS recently announced plans to include noninvasive ventilators in Medicare’s competitive bidding program in a press release. We urge you to reconsider these plans.”
The full letter can be seen here.
Enlisting Congressional support for removing non-invasive vents from competitive bidding is critically important to industry efforts to get CMS to reconsider their decision, so please take action today.