September 5, 2017
The AAAAI sent letters to the Senate Finance Committee leadership in strong support of sections 101 and 102 of H.R. 3178, which would provide a temporary transition payment for home infusion therapy and would extend the Medicare Patient IVIG Access Demonstration Project. The Medicare IVIG Demonstration is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2017. You can read the letter here.
July 12, 2017
Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced the Medicare Part B Improvement Act by voice vote. H.R. 3178, introduced by Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-Mass.), a package that includes changes to the Medicare Part B home infusion and dialysis benefits.
The bill would extend a demonstration project that pays for in-home administration of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). The Medicare IVIG Demonstration Project provides for the enrollment of up to 4,000 Medicare beneficiaries to receive a per-visit payment amount for items and services needed for the in-home administration of IVIG. Under current law, the demonstration project would sunset on September 30, 2017.
H.R. 3178 will also create a transitional payment for providers of home infusion services. Under current law, Medicare payment for certain drugs like subcutaneous IG (SCIG) will be reduced before a new home infusion benefit covering nursing services will be implemented. This provision is intended to address the stopgap, and ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have the ability to receive treatment in the home setting and the choice to avoid the hospital when their immunity is at the lowest.
AAAAI sent a letter of support to the Committee, which was acknowledged and appreciated by lawmakers on the panel. You can read the letter here.
We will keep you updated as the bill moves to the House Energy and Commerce Committee soon.