CQRC: ‘Time is Ripe’ On Oxygen

WASHINGTON – With local coverage determinations for home oxygen therapy anticipated in October, Crispin Teufel, chair of the Council for Quality Respiratory Care, hopes the industry will get more clarity on a post-CMN environment. The CMS requirement for CMNs is set to expire Jan. 1, 2023, and the industry has been pushing for a simple…

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New OIG Report: An Extremely Low Rate of Telehealth Service Providers Pose a High Risk to Medicare

Expanded access to telehealth services during the pandemic enabled safe delivery of home respiratory therapy supplies and services WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home oxygen therapy providers and manufacturing companies – today underscored the findings of a new report from the Department of Health…

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CQRC: Medicare’s CMN Announcement for DME Underscores Need for Standardized Oxygen Template

Respiratory care providers stress importance of adopting standardized template to eliminate unfair denials due to use of ambiguous patient medical records WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to discontinue the use of Certificates of Medical Necessity (CMN) for Durable Medical Equipment (DME), the Council for Quality Respiratory…

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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urge CMS to Protect Access to Home Oxygen

In a recent sign-on letter sent to Secretary Xavier Becerra and Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, 22 Members of Congress wrote in support of reforms to the Medicare home oxygen therapy benefit WASHINGTON, DC – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care – a coalition of the nation’s leading home respiratory therapy providers and manufacturing companies – today commended…

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Home Respiratory Community Urges Administration to Address Semiconductor Chip Shortage for Home Respiratory Devices

WASHINGTON – On March 15, the Council for Quality Respiratory Care – a coalition of the nation’s leading home respiratory therapy providers and manufacturing companies – and nine other stakeholders in the respiratory care community sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gina…

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‘Big Issue’ Looms in Respiratory Care

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care has made it a priority to find out what happens when the waivers expire that have simplified the process for qualifying a patient for home oxygen therapy during the public health emergency. “We’ve had several conversations internally and with CMS, but there is a big issue looming if…

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CMS Finalizes Reimbursement Relief in Rural Areas

IT ALSO ADDRESSES CGMS, INFUSION DRUGS, THERAPEUTIC SHOES WASHINGTON – CMS has published the DMEPOS Final Rule, making permanent the 50/50 blended reimbursement rates in rural areas but failing to provide relief in other areas. For contiguous, non-rural areas, CMS says it will be paying suppliers 100% of the adjusted fee schedule rates using information from…

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Home Respiratory Care Leaders Commend Inclusion of Telehealth Provisions in 21st Century Cures 2.0

CQRC Supports Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Extend Medicare Telehealth Flexibilities and Increase Access to Telehealth Services WASHINGTON, DC – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home respiratory therapy providers and manufacturing companies – today commended House lawmakers for including an important provision to permanently extend the home as…

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Stakeholders to CMS: Acknowledge Our Concerns

WASHINGTON – A coalition of respiratory stakeholders, including the Council for Quality Respiratory Care, are again asking CMS to ensure that objective standards for prescribing home oxygen therapy are put in place to prevent payment issues for HME providers and access issues for patients. In an Oct. 4 letter, the CQRC and 11 other organizations, including AAHomecare…

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