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.