CQRC Applauds Introduction of the SOAR Act in U.S. Senate

March 1, 2024 Bipartisan bill safeguards access to supplemental oxygen to improve outcomes and well-being for an estimated 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries Washington, D.C. – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home respiratory therapy providers and manufacturing companies – today applauds the introduction of the bipartisan Supplemental…

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IN BRIEF: SENATORS PUSH OXYGEN TEMPLATE, DME MACS PUBLISH SUPPLIES GUIDANCE

HME News Staff Updated 10:14 AM CST, Fri February 9, 2024 WASHINGTON – Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., urge CMS to adopt a standardized template instead of a medical record review to ensure access to supplemental oxygen for patients.   In a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the senators state:  “We ask…

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CQRC Commends Bipartisan Senate Lawmakers for Urging CMS to Ensure Patient Access to Supplemental Oxygen Therapy

February 8, 2024 Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) spearhead letter calling on CMS to adopt a standardized template to streamline home respiratory patients’ access to supplemental oxygen and prevent unnecessary denials Washington, D.C. – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home respiratory therapy providers…

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Statement from the CQRC on the CMS Prior Authorization Final Rule

January 18, 2024 CQRC calls the final rule an important step, but says more should be done to protect patients WASHINGTON, DC – “The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) applauds the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for publishing the final rule advancing interoperability and improving prior authorization processes. The provisions in this…

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CQRC Urges Adoption of Standard Clinical Data Element Template  

October 25, 2023 Supplemental oxygen community urges Medicare documentation reforms to protect patient access to home respiratory care  Washington, D.C. – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home respiratory therapy providers and manufacturing companies – is recognizing Respiratory Care Week by urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

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GROUPS PUSH FOR STANDARDIZED CLINICAL DATA ELEMENTS 

HME News Staff Updated 10:18 AM CDT, Mon October 16, 2023 WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care recently joined five other respiratory care groups in sending a letter to CMS asking the agency to require Medicare contractors to use a standard clinical data element template for supplemental oxygen to ensure beneficiaries, prescribers and suppliers won’t…

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Respiratory Care Providers Unite to Urge CMS to Use Existing Template for Supplemental Oxygen 

October 12, 2023  Leading Respiratory Care Groups Champion Medicare Documentation Reforms to Standardize a Template, but Caution CMS that Focusing on the Electronic Interface Instead of the Clinical Data Elements Risk Complicating What Should Be a Straightforward Process  Washington, D.C. – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading…

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OXYGEN TEMPLATE: CQRC ENLISTS CONGRESS 

HME News Staff Updated 10:20 AM CDT, Tue September 12, 2023 WASHINGTON – Fourteen members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to CMS urging the agency to clarify Medicare documentation requirements for supplemental oxygen and adopt a standardized template for documenting patient need, according to the Council for Quality Respiratory Care.  “We write…

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Bipartisan Lawmakers Urge CMS to Protect Patient Access to Supplemental Oxygen and Home Respiratory Care

House lawmakers ask CMS to clarify Medicare documentation requirements and adopt a standardized template for documenting patient need Washington, D.C. — The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home respiratory therapy providers and manufacturing companies – today commended 14 House lawmakers for sending a letter to the Centers…

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CMS Focuses DME Reviews On Post-PHE Claims, Keeps Modifier

By Michelle M. Stein DME Medicare Administrative Contractors recently agreed to let durable medical equipment suppliers continue to note which claims started during the COVID-19 pandemic after the public health emergency ends May 11, after suppliers raised concerns that contractors wouldn’t be able to tell when claims initially started — and under which set of…

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