The American Association for Homecare has release a brief synopsis of DME references within President Obama's 2016 budget, released Monday. According to the statement below, there are two references: one addressing reimbursement and competitive bidding, and one regarding changes to the face-to-face requirement. Read AAHomecare's statement below and download the full budget. HC
WASHINGTON (Feb. 2, 2015)—The President's FY 2016 budget was released this morning and there are two DME references. Once again, the President proposes limiting Medicaid reimbursement to competitive bidding rates. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) estimates the savings would be $4.27 billion over ten years. This proposal has been in every budget President Obama has submitted and we have successfully defended against it every time. We will continue to fight against this proposal to make sure it doesn't get passed this time. The second reference is to changes in the DMEPOS face-to-face requirement. The budget doesn't’t provide details of the proposal, but OMB estimate the change would be budget neutral. AAHomecare will contact CMS for more details.