UOAA advocates for and strives to ensure that any person living with a permanent or temporary ostomy has access to their prescribed choice of medical prosthetic technology. We are committed to preserving and promoting access, choice and value of ostomy and urological products.
UOAA supports these guiding principles.
UOAA Supports Medicare/Medicaid Supply Coverage for Fistulas
UOAA Supports Coverage of Disposable Irrigation Sleeves
UOAA Opposes Non-Medical Switching of Ostomy Prosthetic Supplies
DDNC White Paper on Patient Access to Care and Treatments in the Cost-Shifting Era
Opposition Statement On Medicare Competitive Bidding Program
Update on Competitive Bidding Program as of October 2020:
As a stakeholder in the Access and Care Coalition, UOAA is actively working with all of the stakeholder members to maintain the current Medicare reimbursement system for ostomy and urological products.
On October 27, 2020 in a CMS press release they stated that they are only awarding contracts for 2 of the product categories: (a) OTS Back Braces and (b) OTS Knee Braces. Medicare expects to save $600 million for the program and beneficiaries over the three year Round 2021 contract performance period. Contracts will be in place effective 1/1/21.
They also shared that they heard from a range of stakeholders (including UOAA and the ACC coalition) requesting that the agency delay or cancel the Round 2021 DMEPOS CBP due to the ongoing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. CMS considered that feedback in moving forward with the Round 2021 DMEPOS CBP. CMS is not awarding competitive bidding contracts for any of the 13 remaining product categories for Round 2021 that were previously competed because the payment amounts did not achieve expected savings.
For now ostomy and urological supplies remain excluded from the CBP. We will continue to be vigilant on this issue and educate key decision-makers on how this impacts people living with an ostomy so that all ostomates have access to the ostomy supplies that they need.
No current action is necessary from ostomates at this time.
We will provide further updates as they become available.
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