CMS extends comment period

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – CMS has extended a comment period for its plans to add new product categories to the competitive bidding program. The agency will now accept comments through Dec. 17. CMS included the new categories—ventilators and off-the-shelf knee and back braces—in a recent final rule. The proposal caught the industry by surprise and the inclusion of vents, in particular, has stakeholders concerned. AAHomecare has formed a ventilator workgroup to develop comments to the proposal. The VGM Group has pulled together talking points for providers who plan to comment. CMS plans to phase in the new product categories in all CBAs in the next round of competitive bidding.