CQRC Applauds Proposed DME Rule for Protecting Access to Home Respiratory Care

By excluding home oxygen supplies and equipment from Round 2021 of the Competitive Bidding Program, Medicare ensures beneficiaries will continue to receive uninterrupted access to home respiratory care during the COVID-19 pandemic. - October 29, 2020

CQRC Celebrates National Respiratory Care Week

CQRC urges Congress to pass H.R. 8158 to waive budget neutrality for home oxygen services, supplies and equipment. - October 26, 2020

Crispin Teufel, CEO of Lincare, Named Chairman of the Council for Quality Respiratory Care

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation's leading home oxygen therapy provider and manufacturing companies – recently named Crispin Teufel, chief executive officer of Lincare as Chairman of the Board. Teufel succeeds Dan Starck, chief executive... - July 16, 2020

CQRC Commends CMS Measures to Enable Delivery of Home Respiratory Care

Administration issues new rule that will improve access to care for home respiratory patients during the ongoing national emergency. - March 31, 2020

CQRC Commends the Congress for Assisting with Rural Home Medical Equipment and Services in COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill

New policy changes will help prevent potential disruptions in supply and workforce, but more must be done to further ensure continued access to home respiratory care. - March 27, 2020

Home Ventilator, Oxygen, and Sleep Suppliers at the Forefront of the COVID-19 Response

CQRC submits letter to Medicare agency detailing how home respiratory suppliers are critical in the response with coronavirus, urges agency to immediately lift regulatory barriers for patient care - March 14, 2020

New AHRQ Report Highlights Positive Patient Outcomes from Utilizing Home Respiratory Therapies

CQRC urges the HHS to ensure adequate reimbursement for home noninvasive positive pressure ventilation systems in competitive and noncompetitive bid areas. - March 03, 2020

CQRC Supports Bipartisan Bill to Protect Patients on Non-Invasive Ventilators

SMART Act delays inclusion of NIV in the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program. - November 08, 2019

Industry Leaders Highlight Educational Resources as Bid Window Opens for DME Competitive Bidding Program Round 2021

Industry Leaders Highlight Educational Resources as Bid Window Opens for DME Competitive Bidding Program Round 2021

In recognition of the opening of the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program bid window today, a group of leading industry trade organizations is showcasing new educational resources to help potential bidders navigate recent changes made... - July 16, 2019

CMS' Announcement of Capacity Policy and New Bidding Window Date Earns Applause from Industry Leaders, Allows More Time to Educate Bidders

Defining the capacity policy brings long-overdue clarity to how bidders’ capacity affects the Single Payment Amounts (SPAs). The 60-day bidding window will open on July 16, giving potential bidders and suppliers of durable medical equipment (DME) more time to understand the major changes coming to Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program. - May 16, 2019

Website Launched to Prepare DMEs for Medicare’s New Competitive Bidding Process

Website shows durable medical equipment suppliers how new CMS rules affect bidding for lead and non-lead items and how single payment amounts would compare to current Medicare rates. - April 17, 2019

CQRC Concerned with Inclusion of Home Ventilators in Competitive Bidding Program

CQRC reiterates its support for much-needed reforms to Competitive Bidding Program (CBP), but opposes the inclusion of home ventilators out of concern for vulnerable patient population. - December 05, 2018

CQCRC Praises Competitive Bidding Reforms, Pledges to Work with CMS and Congress to Refine DMEPOS Policies

Final DMEPOS rule will make market more competitive and protect oxygen access to Medicare beneficiaries, but serious concerns remain. - November 06, 2018

MedPAC Comment Letter Calls for Competitive Bidding Program Reform

CQRC applauds MedPAC for recognizing the need to reform the flawed bidding process for home respiratory therapy and services, which threatens patients’ access to lifesaving oxygen. - September 13, 2018

New GAO Report Highlights Negative Impact of Reduced Reimbursement on Oxygen Access

As the GAO report highlights a drastic drop in oxygen suppliers, CQRC urges an extension of blended rate to ensure continued access to home respiratory therapy supplies and equipment. - August 27, 2018

New Research Supports Proposed Reform of Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program for DMEPOS

The Pacific Research Institute study underscores the need to reform Medicare’s current bidding and payment processes - July 27, 2018

CQRC Applauds Competitive Bidding Reform in DMEPOS Proposed Rule

The new rule proposes long-overdue changes the flawed competitive bidding program and will protect access to home respiratory therapy equipment and services. - July 12, 2018

CQRC Warns OIG Report on Competitive Bidding Fails to Accurately Assess Impact of Program on Beneficiary Access

Competitive Bidding Program Documented as Putting Millions of Patients at Risk by Limiting Patient Access and Driving Up Medicare Spending. - May 29, 2018

CQRC Welcomes New Rule Released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Interim Final Rule partially eases providers' burdens in noncompetitive bidding areas, safeguarding patient access to oxygen in rural regions - May 10, 2018

CQRC: Home Respiratory Care Leaders Commend Inclusion of DME Provisions in Spending Bill

CQRC advocating for reforms to create true market-based competitive bidding program. - March 23, 2018

CQRC Releases New Report: Finds CMS' Competitive-Bidding Program for Home Respiratory Therapy Limits Patient Access and Drives Up Medicare Spending

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) today released a new report that highlights the urgent need for policymakers to reform Medicare’s outdated payment methodology. The report outlines how the current payment system, called the competitive bidding program (CBP), restricts... - March 23, 2018

Home Respiratory Leaders Encourage Swift Adoption of E-Prescribing Technology Platforms

Seamless Integrated Technology Platforms Can Reduce Erroneous Claims and Lead to Faster Service - March 06, 2018

Home Respiratory Therapy Leaders Applaud Nomination of Alex Azar to Secretary of Health and Human Services

Council for Quality Respiratory Care looks forward to working with HHS to reform the competitive bidding program for Medicare’s respiratory therapy benefit. - November 14, 2017

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