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The Washington Watchline

The 21st Century Cures Impact on Medical Device Innovation

As noted in last month’s Watchline, The 21st Century Cures Bill made substantial changes to the FDA process for approving and assigning a category to new and improved medical devices. NAMDRC has an interest in policies that affect the availability of devices for patients requiring respiratory support including ventilatory support devices and interfaces, advanced oxygen delivery systems, and disease monitoring systems. It has been a concern of NAMDRC,

The 21st Century Cures Act

In the final days of the 114th Congress, the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act, with a vote of 392 for and 26 opposed. The Senate followed shortly thereafter with a vote of 94 for and 5 opposed and President Obama has signed the legislation into law.

CMS Finalizes 2017 Payment Proposals for Physicians and Hospitals

Over the last six weeks, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has published the regulations for the 2017 Physicians Fee Schedule, The Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and the Quality Payment Program established by The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Each of these programs contained regulations important to the practice of pulmonary medicine as discussed in previous issues of the Washington Watchline.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Site Neutral Payment

The controversy continues over a government proposal to no longer pay for services provided through hospital outpatient departments at a higher rate than physicians’ offices. Physicians and hospitals continue to line up on opposite sides of the fence. The Alliance for Site Neutral Payment Reform, which includes the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians and the U.S. Oncology Network, has released statements supporting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) new policy.

The OIG Report on Medicare Claims for Home Ventilators

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS OIG) has just released its study of Medicare billing trends for home ventilators from 2009 to 2015. This report was requested by one or more of the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Carrier (DME MAC) medical directors as part of an aggressive campaign to curb errors and fraud in the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) program.

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