There is one summary for H.R.5210. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (05/12/2016)

Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2016 or the PADME Act

This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to establish a bid ceiling for durable medical equipment (such as wheelchairs) under Medicare's competitive acquisition program, through which rates are set according to a bidding process rather than by an established fee schedule. Specifically, the bid ceiling for such an item shall not be less than the fee schedule amount that would otherwise be determined.

Under current law, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) must use payment information from competitive acquisition programs to make payment adjustments for areas outside of such programs. The bill requires CMS, in making these adjustments, to account for stakeholder input. In addition, CMS must account for a comparison of competitive acquisition areas and other areas with respect to the following factors:

  • average travel distance and cost associated with furnishing items and services,
  • barriers to access,
  • average delivery time,
  • average volume of items and services furnished by suppliers, and
  • number of suppliers.

In addition, CMS shall delay by 15 months the full implementation of new Medicare payment rates for durable medical equipment.

On a monthly basis, CMS must publish on its website the results of the monitoring of health outcomes and Medicare beneficiaries' access to durable medical equipment.