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CMW News: CMS issues final interim rule on durable medical equipment

Case Management Weekly, January 21, 2009

CMS announced a temporary delay in the implementation of a competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies. This delay is to incorporate changes from the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) enacted by congress because of concerns surrounding round one bids.

As part of the changes required, CMS will put in place a new Federal advisory committee, terminate the existing contracts that were awarded in round one, and offer a new chance to compete for the contracts in 2009.

Under the interim final rule, which takes effect February 17, hospitals that furnish certain types of equipment and supplies to patients during their stay or on the date of discharge—that have been competitively bid-on—will be exempt from the program. CMS will accept comments on the rule through March. 17.

Sources: Medical News Today, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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