CQRC sends letter to Verma on vents

Thursday, December 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma expressing its “serious reservations” with the proposal to include home ventilators in the competitive bidding program. “The CQRC is deeply troubled and confused by the proposal to add three types of ventilation devices, which are used by highly vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries who otherwise could not remain in their homes, to the competitive bidding program before the modified policies have been implemented,” the letter states. CMS included the proposal to include ventilators, as well as off-the-shelf back and knee braces, in a recent final rule. Comments on the proposal are due Dec. 17.