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Mark E. Brager
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May 11, 2015

AdvaMed Commends Senators Burr, Bennet on Disposable DME Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Stephen J. Ubl, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), issued the following statement following introduction in the Senate recently of legislation that would allow for coverage of disposable medical technologies under Medicare’s durable medical equipment (DME) benefit:

“AdvaMed commends Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) for their leadership on introducing legislation which will allow Medicare beneficiaries greater access to needed medical technologies under CMS’s DME program.

“Currently, Medicare’s DME benefit does not cover medical technologies for use in the home that are ‘disposable’ even if they are less expensive or more effective than a durable product currently covered under the program. This is due to an interpretation of the decades-old definition of DME, which requires longer term durability of products in order to qualify for coverage.

“As medicine advances and innovation occurs in the treatment of injuries, illnesses, disabilities, and chronic conditions, Medicare beneficiaries are losing access to disposable forms of durable devices that traditionally have been covered under the DME benefit.

“The legislation introduced today will eliminate this obstacle, providing beneficiaries and their physicians the additional choice of a disposable medical technology to meet their individual need.

“We look forward to working with members of Congress, CMS and other key stakeholders to move this legislation forward.”

 

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