WASHINGTON – A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives to improve access to home infusion therapy for Medicare beneficiaries.
Presented by Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Fred Upton, R-Mich., And Vern Buchannan, R-Fla., HR 5067, the Preserving Patient Access to Home Infusion Act provides technical information clarifications that would remove the physical presence requirement, ensuring payment regardless of whether or not a health professional is present at the patient’s home.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need to treat our most vulnerable patients at home,” said Tim Affeldt, PharmD, vice president of Fairview Pharmacy Services and chairman of the board of directors of the National Home Infusion Association. “This legislation will ensure that Medicare home infusion benefits are available to all patients, including people with transportation or ambulatory issues and those living in rural or underserved communities.”
The bill would also recognize all professional services provided by home infusion – including essential pharmacist services – in the reimbursement structure.
A similar bill was recently introduced in the Senate.