Legislation Seeks to Change Medicare Home Infusion Policies

Bipartisan groups in both the Senate and the House have introduced bills aimed at changing the way the professional services benefit for Medicare Part B home infusion therapies is implemented. The current situation, industry experts maintain, has resulted in providers directing these beneficiaries to another setting such as the hospital outpatient department or a skilled nursing facility, which is particularly concerning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Aug. 5, Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced S.2652, the Preserving Patient Access to Home Infusion Act. A couple weeks later on Aug. 20, Reps. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Vern Buchannan (R-Fla.) introduced a companion bill, H.R.5067. The Senate bill was referred to the Committee on Finance, while the House bill was referred to the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees.

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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