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SENATE MEDICARE BILL WOULD SIMPLIFY DME UPGRADE PURCHASES; FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVES PART B COMPETITIVE BIDDING, 37.5% OXYGEN PAYMENT CUT

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Purchasing of upgraded or enhanced durable medical equipment would be simplified under the Medicare bill unanimously approved by the Senate Finance Committee June 18. The provision would make it easier for beneficiaries to buy higher-end DME by incurring only the difference in cost between the upgrade and the standard model as an out-of-pocket expense, with DME suppliers being reimbursed for the cost of the standard item.

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