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Heavy hitters weigh in on non-invasive vents


WASHINGTON – A coalition of patient organizations “implores” HHS and CMS to permanently exclude non-invasive ventilators from the competitive bidding program.

In brief: Letters urge CMS to drop vents from bid program, NSM boosts home access biz


WASHINGTON – Reps. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., are leading a pair of congressional sign-on letters asking CMS and HHS to drop non-invasive vents from Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

Senate joins House in pressuring CMS on vents


WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., has agreed to take the lead on a Senate sign-on letter asking CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services to drop non-invasive vents from Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

News from ATS 2018: Philips, ResMed back combined therapy


SAN DIEGO – Royal Philips announced new data at ATS 2018 that suggests combining home oxygen therapy with home non-invasive ventilation as treatment for chronically hypercapnic COPD patients is more effective and less expensive than HOT alone.

Reporter's notebook: Vents, vents and more vents


Providers had plenty to vent about in 2015 as CMS twisted the ventilator product category this way and that in response to a spike in utilization. 

Stakeholders ‘push back’ on vent changes


BALTIMORE – CMS’s plan to overhaul vent codes has industry stakeholders saying, “Slow down.”

CMS overhauls vent product category


WASHINGTON – CMS announced late Thursday that it has dropped non-invasive vents from the competitive bidding program for Round 1 2017.

Vulnerable patient population at risk


By including non-invasive vents in competitive bidding, CMS has “overlooked” the most fragile patients: those with serious neuromuscular conditions, say providers.

'Challenging’ product put out to bid

‘I see the potential for some adverse effects, some failures, and some deaths,’ says one provider

BALTIMORE – CMS’s decision to include non-invasive vents in competitive bidding is a “knee-jerk” reaction to a spike in billing that could have adverse consequences for patients, say providers.

CMS further distinguishes vents

‘It gives them one more way of enforcement’

BALTIMORE – CMS has drawn another thick line between ventilators and Bi-level PAP devices.