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Title: CMS Confirms MIPPA Act Repeals Transfer of Ownership
Posted on: 07/25/2008
Description:
CMS has confirmed that along with a delay in the competitive bidding program, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA Act) will repeal the transfer of ownership of oxygen. 
According to AAHomecare:
“CMS will look into issues related to the repeal of the oxygen equipment transfer to beneficiaries enacted in the new law, including issues of maintenance and service payments that occur once the 36-month rental cap is reached, and ‘respond soon.’
The law repeals transfer of ownership of oxygen equipment that was enacted in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. After the 36th continuous month during which payment is made for oxygen equipment, the supplier will continue to maintain ownership of the equipment. Payments for oxygen contents will be made after the 36th month. However, rental payments for oxygen equipment are still subject to the 36-month cap. Maintenance and servicing payments after 36 months are still under development by CMS.”
The language can be found in Section 144 of the MIPPA Act.  This section amends Section 1834 (a)(5)(F) of the Social Security Act.  Under MIPPA, the 36-month cap on oxygen is NOT repealed.
   
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