It’s Time To
HR # 4838 – SOS: Sustaining Outpatient Services Act
AACVPR members have been going to Washington D.C. since 2018, asking for a correction to drastic reimbursement reductions for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation (CR/PR) services that are located off-campus.
We are ready to get this bill passed, but that will only happen with your help
Please encourage your patients and staff to reach out to their representatives.
Below are some simple instructions for staff and information for your patients on how to make this happen!
Update from your MOKSACVPR Standards and Issues Chair…
NPP bill: There is a US House bill for the NPP bill-HR 3911. Work continues on a Senate companion bill introduction. This bill will allow NPPs to independently order CR/PR services. It will also allow NPPs to serve in the capacity of “immediately available”. The hope is that this bill is attached to whatever “Medicare fix package” passes in this fall’s Congressional session. There is no date of effectiveness at this point, CBO has not yet scored the bill, and it remains TBD how the proposed CMS 2020 OPPS regulation to shift these services to general supervision would or would not affect this bill and CR/PR requirements. AACVPR will work with AHA, ACC, PCNA, AAPA, and other professional organizations this fall on passage of this bill.
Site of Service bill: We continue to believe this is the most important legislative initiative AACVPR is currently undertaking, given increasing Congressional recommendations to remove grandfathered status for various aspects of hospital outpatient services. Legislative Counsel is writing the bill language, so we are encouraged that we will have a bill # to push this issue in the fall session.
CMS CAG: AACVPR and NAMDRC had a meeting this week with CMS Coverage & Analysis Group (CAG wrote the CR/PR regulations) to discuss common confusion among providers, MACs, and auditors over some requirements. While no decisions were offered, our points are under consideration and we were optimistic that a need for more clarity is appropriate. This will be discussed in more detail at the MAC TF meeting in September.
2020 Proposed Regulations: The proposed hospital outpatient and physician fee schedule regulations are being reviewed and a summary of anything of relevance to CR and PR programs will be included in a soon-to-follow Health Policy & Reimbursement Update. Proposed payment rates for CR & PR in the hospital setting remain close to 2019 rates.