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HHS/CMS RIN: 0938-AT21 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: ●Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule, Adjustments to Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates to Provide Relief in Non-Competitive Bidding Areas (CMS-1687-IFC)(Section 610 Review) 

This interim final rule with comment period extends the end of the transition period for phasing in adjustments to the fee schedule amounts for certain durable medical equipment (DME) and enteral nutrition paid in areas not subject to the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) from June 30, 2016, to December 31, 2016. In addition, this interim final rule with comment period amends the regulation to resume the transition period for items furnished from August 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018. This interim final rule with comment period also makes technical amendments to existing regulations for DMEPOS items and services to exclude infusion drugs used with DME from the DMEPOS CBP. Finally, this interim final rule with comment period also requests information on issues related to adjustments to DMEPOS fee schedules, alternatives for ensuring budget neutrality of oxygen payment classes, and current rules under the DMEPOS CBP.

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
RFA Section 610 Review: Section 610 Review 
CFR Citation: 42 CFR 414   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302, 1395hh, and 1395rr(b)(l))    Pub. L. 114-255, sec. 5004(b), 16007(a), 16008   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  11/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Alexander Ullman
Health Insurance Specialist
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Center for Medicare, MS: C5-07-26, 7500 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone:410 786-9671