The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed implementation of its interim final rule for the Medicare competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) until April 19th. The rule implements certain provisions of the 2008 Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). Under the act, hospitals will be allowed to continue providing the following items to their patients without participating in the bidding program: crutches, canes, walkers, folding manual wheelchairs, blood glucose monitors and infusion pumps. CMS is accepting comments on the rule through March 17th.
The interim final rule is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-863.pdf