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MAMES - Mississippi Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers

Mississippi Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers


Title: Call today about Senate Version of Healthcare Reform Bill passed 12/24/09
Posted on: 02/01/2010

Let your Senators and Congressmen know DME's cannot deal with these sections of the bill, it is always better to have a beneficiary contact them in regards of this negatively affecting them (the beneficiary)!

Sec. 3136.  Revision of payment for power-driven wheelchairs.Eliminates the option for Medicare to purchase power-driven wheelchairs with a lump-sum payment at the time the chair is supplied.  Medicare would continue to make the same payments for power-driven chairs over a 13-month period.  Purchase option for complex rehabilitative power wheelchairs would be maintained.Sec. 9009.  Imposition of annual fee on medical device manufacturers and importers.  Imposes an annual flat fee of $2 billion on the medical device manufacturing sector beginning in 2010. This non-deductible fee would be allocated across the industry according to market share and would not apply to companies with sales of medical devices in the U.S. of $5 million or less.  The fee does not apply to any sale of a Class I product or any sale of a Class II product that is primarily sold to consumers at retail for not more than $100 per unit (under the FDA product classification system).Sec. 6410.  Adjustments to the Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies competitive acquisition program.Requires the Secretary to expand the number of areas to be included in round two of the competitive bidding program from 79 of the largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) to 100 of the largest MSAs, and to use competitively bid prices in all areas by 2016.Sec. 6411. Expansion of the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program.  Requires States to establish contracts with one or more Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs).Sec. 6405.  Physicians who order items or services required to be Medicare enrolled physicians or eligible professionals.Sec. 6407.  Face-to-face encounter with patient required before physicians may certify eligibility for home health services or durable medical equipment under Medicare.Sec. 6401.  Provider screening and other enrollment requirements under Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. 


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