By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
We applaud Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Fred Upton (R-MI) and Kenny Marchant (R-TX) as well as Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Scott (R-SC) for introducing the Preserving Patient Access to Home Infusion Act to protect patients in need of home infusion therapy services across the United States.
Premier has long advocated for comprehensive home infusion payment reform that recognizes important home infusion therapy services that are necessary for patients to access high quality, cost-effective treatment in their preferred setting. Unfortunately, CMS has misconstrued Congress’ intent in passing the 21st Century Cures Act and Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and the way home infusion services are delivered and is restricting payment for infusion services in the patient’s home.
Beneficiaries who receive home infusion therapy are often susceptible to infection and other adverse clinical outcomes. Medicare policy should support the optimal site of care for patients requiring infusion drugs, which is often in the home where unnecessary travel and germ exposure is limited, cost is minimized, and patients' choice is respected.
We call on Congress to pass the Preserving Patient Access to Home Infusion Act expeditiously to ensure vulnerable patients have continued access to crucial home infusion services.
About Premier, Inc.
Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 175,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.