Stakeholders continue drumbeat on IFR

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to tell him, in writing, the specific steps he would take to make sure the agency reviews and releases an interim final rule.

“This is important to me,” said Grassley during a Senate Budget Committee hearing this week.

The IFR, which has been stuck at the OMB since August, would provide relief from the competitive bidding program in rural areas.

Meanwhile, members of the Midwest Association of Medical Equipment Services asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to intervene in getting the IFR released during a Feb. 8 conference call with his deputy chief of staff, Allison Steil, according to a bulletin from the association.

During the call, MAMES members, led by provider Rick Adamich, the Wisconsin state chairman and president of Oxygen One in Waukesha, Wis., shared the impact of reimbursement reductions on patient access to care.

Steil told members that Ryan’s office is limited in what they can do, but they may be able to do something, according to MAMES.