CHA News Article

CHA Members Meet with Government Accountability Office
Discussion focuses on DME issues

Representatives of CHA’s Center for Post Acute Care advisory board participated in a call Aug. 7 with staff from the U.S. Government Accountability Office to discuss the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME) prosthetics, orthotics and supplies. Todd Cook, chief care management officer for Providence Health & Services, and Tory Starr, vice president of care management for Sutter Health, Valley Area, discussed the challenges CHA member hospitals have encountered in obtaining medically necessary DME for Medicare beneficiaries since the implementation of the program, as described in the attached letter. Previous calls on this issue have been held with CMS, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, members of the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Office of Inspector General.