ITEM Coalition adds voice to vent concerns

Thursday, June 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – The ITEM Coalition has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma to express its concerns about including non-invasive vents in Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program. The coalition is comprised of consumer organizations like The ALS Association, which represents individuals with neuromuscular conditions who may need the life-saving devices. “CMS’s decision sets an alarming precedent by forcing patients to rely upon the lowest DME bidder to receive life-saving ventilators and associated services in the home,” states the letter. “We believe that CMS’s expansion of competitive bidding to include non-invasive ventilators will jeopardize patients’ ability to receive care that best meets their unique medical and functional needs.”