U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan Visits NAHC Board of Directors Chair Denise Schrader, MercyRockford Health System
Speaker Asks How to Fix Competitive Bidding, Discusses Home Medical Equipment Policy Changes
On February 5, MercyRockford Health System executives, including National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Board of Director Chair Denise Schrader, and other state providers hosted a visit from Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI-1), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, at the MercyRockford Durable Medical Equipment (DME) office in the Speaker’s hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin.
Ms. Schrader, who has been President & Executive Director of the Visiting Nurses Association of the Rockford Area for nearly 10 years, is also Vice President Care Continuum for MercyRockford Health Systems. The territory includes Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Ms. Schrader and the others present spoke with Speaker Ryan regarding home medical equipment policy changes. “Access to oxygen, nebulizers, apnea monitors and other DME equipment is critical for patients who have been hospitalized or suffer from serious illness,” Ms. Schrader said.
The group asked for Ryan’s support for a three-year reimbursement rate freeze from the nationwide rollout of the Competitive Bidding Program, which raises significant concerns, including loss of quality and service and the potential negative impact on beneficiary access and choice. “Mr. Ryan quickly recognized the barriers and broad negative impact the competitive bidding current process has on care and health of patients and the entire health care delivery system causing delayed discharges and avoidable readmissions,” Ms. Schrader said.
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