Medicare is considering placing home ventilators into the Competitive Bid Program. Home ventilators are very expensive and require costly maintenance and follow up. A home ventilator program is not a product, but rather a program of care that requires intense training and continued support. If Medicare places ventilators into the Competitive Bid Program most home care companies will be forced to decrease their level of care and/or not provide the service at all. This will be harmful to the patient and limit access to vital medical equipment. Please consider the following bullet points.
Please submit a comment to Medicare at DMEPOS@cms.hhs.gov. In order for your comment to be considered, you must type “Competitive Bidding Product Categories” as the subject line for your email. Only comments submitted by 11:59:59 PM Prevailing Eastern Time on December 17, 2018, with the subject line above, will be considered.
William Hart, BAS, LRRT
Director of Clinical Services
Advent Home Medical
Click here to see the letter the AARC president wrote in response to home ventilators being placed in the Competitive Bid Program.
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