CMS ( Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services) will increase compensation to dialysis centers by 190 million dollars. In addition, the centers will receive an additional $30 million in co-pays from Medicare beneficiaries. This will bring their total increase to 220 million.
CMS is encouraging providers to use new renal dialysis drugs, and therefore is paying a higher Medicare rate for the treatments starting Jan. 1, 2019.
With respect to the medical equipment bidding program, the bidding and pricing schedules will also change. They want to implement lead item bidding. With the new bidding protocol, CMS would only accept bids for the power wheelchair but set prices for accessory items based on a fee schedule. Currently, suppliers bid to set prices on powered wheelchairs as well as all of its accessories.
These changes, according to the Agency, are all positive, long due, and assures that Medicare members get the medical equipment they need at the best prices.
In addition, the new program guarantees sustainable access to durable medical equipment as well as reward dialysis centers that adopt innovative new therapies.