CQRC is a leader in the home respiratory community, helping to protect and define the future of cost-effective, high quality home respiratory therapy care for all Americans. It is important to keep our members, the press, and the public informed on important issues that impact home respiratory therapy.



April 18, 2017

Oxygen-Equipment Suppliers Hope Price Helps Implement His Own Measure

Oxygen-equipment suppliers hope CMS uses an upcoming subregulatory measure to change a retroactive reimbursement policy to pay them more for equipment they supplied during the second half of last year. While a House lawmaker, HHS Secretary Tom Price introduced a bill, which is now law, that delayed for a year ..... Read More


April 9, 2017

Op-Ed: Medicare's Wrong Approach to Home Oxygen Therapy

According to a recent analysis of Medicare claims data, the percentage of Medicare patients who receive home oxygen services declined by a whopping 42% between 2008 and 2014. Although this might appear to be good news at first glance – fewer patients requiring supplemental oxygen care – in reality, it's quite the opposite.. ..... Read More


March 2, 2017

Cuts to Home Respiratory Care Providers Endanger Medicare Seniors’ Health

In the U.S. today, more than 24 million Americans live with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and many more have other respiratory conditions that make it difficult to enjoy daily life. Thankfully, home respiratory therapies — such as home oxygen, home sleep, and home ventilation therapies — provide individuals living with these conditions the access to care which allows them the opportunity to remain in their own homes and communities and to continue to enjoy the dignity of living independently. ..... Read More


February 10, 2017

Fix Medicare Payments For Home-Based Respiratory Care For Good

Last year, Congress put a much-needed Band-Aid on a dangerous Medicare policy affecting more than a million Americans with chronic lung conditions, like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and sleep apnea..... Read More


December 13, 2016

Home Respiratory Therapy Leaders Praise Enactment of Cures Legislation

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home oxygen therapy provider and manufacturing companies – praised the enactment the 21st Century Cures legislation, which contains a provision to extend the phase-in period of deep Medicare cuts to Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS), including home respiratory therapy equipment and services.... Read More


November 29, 2016

Suppliers Praise Cures Bill Provisions to Ease Medicare Bid Cuts

Nov. 28 (BNA) -- Provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act that would ease cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates for durable medical equipment were applauded Nov. 28 by groups representing suppliers. “This is a very positive step,” the Council for Quality Respiratory Care, which represents home oxygen therapy provider and manufacturing companies, said in a Nov. 28 statement .... Read More


November 26, 2016

CQRC applauds lawmakers for inclusion of policy to provide temporary relief from deep Medicare cuts and establish rulemaking process for setting fee schedule rates

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home oxygen therapy provider and manufacturing companies – today encouraged lawmakers to promptly pass the 21st Century Cures legislation, which contains a provision to extend the phase-in period of deep Medicare cuts... . . Read More


November 17, 2016

Home Oxygen Leaders Urge Congress to Enact Bill to Delay Implementation of Home Oxygen Cuts

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home oxygen therapy provider and manufacturing companies – today urged lawmakers in Congress to prioritize enactment of provisions of the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment (PADME) ... . . Read More


October 24, 2016

Delay Medicare Cuts and Enact A Fix

Across Florida, nearly 1.5 million people live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a severe respiratory condition. While there are countless health concerns that occupy the minds of ordinary Americans, a majority of us take one thing for granted: breathing. This is no ordinary task for COPD patients.. . . Read More


October 18, 2016

GAO Confirms CQRC Concerns about Impact of Competitive Bidding on Beneficiaries

Home oxygen leaders urge Congress to advance legislation to reinstate phase-in of Medicare cuts to non-competitive bid areas. . . Read More


October 14, 2016

CQRC Turns Up The Heat

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care, a coalition of home oxygen providers and manufacturers, has always taken an active role with CMS and on Capitol Hill, says Chairman Dan Starck. . . Read More


September 26, 2016

Congress: Act to Fix Shortsighted Home Respiratory Therapy Cuts

Although healthcare and payment policies aimed at improving the strength and longevity of the Medicare program are easy for providers, taxpayers, and lawmakers to stand behind, when those policies fall short – disrupting the care of patients who need it the most – there’s no time to delay in finding a solution. . . Read More


September 19, 2016

New Moran Company Report Raises Significant Concerns about Application of Competitive Bid Rates to Home Respiratory Care Nationwide

Respiratory care leaders say report underscores need for legislation to extend phase-in of deep Medicare cuts to home oxygen services based on flawed competitive bidding payment methodology . . . Read More


September 9, 2016

We All Agree: Medicare Cuts Need Slow Phase-In, Analysis

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, patients and physicians is raising major concerns about recent reductions in Medicare payments, which will total $4.4 billion in cuts over a five-year period, for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) . . . Read More


July 12, 2016

Medicare Cuts Will Disproportionately Harm COPD Patients

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a terrible, yet misunderstood condition that is highly common among Medicare beneficiaries. Twelve percent of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries live with COPD . . . Read More


July 06, 2016

House Passes Bill Delaying July 1 DME Cuts, Next Steps Unclear

The House on Tuesday (July 5) passed a bill to delay durable medical equipment supplier payment cuts in rural and non-competitive bid areas for three months . . . Read More


July 06, 2016

Home Oxygen Leaders Commend U.S. House for Passing Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act

CQRC applauds measure as an important step toward relief, but calls for additional time to phase-in deep Medicare cuts . . . Read More


July 05, 2016

House Passes Bill Delaying Lower Medicare Rates for Medical Equipment

Cuts to Medicare payments for durable medical equipment (DME) in certain parts of the country would be delayed for three months under modified legislation (H.R. 5210) passed by the House July 5 . . . Read More


July 05, 2016

More Sufficient Data Needed To Evaluate Patient Impact of Home Oxygen Cuts

“DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.” In a classic case of jumping to conclusions, the Chicago Tribune printed more than 150,000 papers bearing this erroneous headline proclaiming the incorrect winner of the 1948 Presidential election. . . . Read More


June 24, 2016

CQRC Expresses ‘Disappointment’ Over House Inaction

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care has called on Congressional leaders to act on legislation that would retroactively delay cuts that go into effect July 1 . . . Read More


June 24, 2016

Home Respiratory Therapy Leaders Call on Congress to Act Immediately on DME Legislation Following Recess

Congress adjourns before passing vital legislation to delay deep cuts to home respiratory therapy services that data show improve quality of life and reduce readmissions . . . Read More


June 23, 2016

Senate Passes Bill To Delay DME Cuts; House Vote Pushed Back By Dems' Sit-In

The Senate passed a bill to delay durable medical equipment supplier payment cuts in rural and non-competitive bid areas for a year by unanimous consent Tuesday (June 21) after an attempt to pass the bill through the hotline process stalled . . . Read More


June 22, 2016

House Bill Would Delay Lower Medicare Rates for Medical Equipment

Cuts to Medicare payments for durable medical equipment in certain parts of the country would be delayed for three months under modified legislation (H.R. 5210) poised to pass the House. . . . Read More


June 22, 2016

Home Oxygen Leaders Commend U.S. Senate for Passing Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act (S. 2736)

CQRC urges House to pass bill to extend phase-in of deep cuts to home oxygen supplies and services scheduled to take effect on July 1 . . . Read More


June 13, 2016

Home Oxygen Leaders Reject Claims DME Cuts Will Not Harm Patient Access

Limited data set provides insufficient analysis of how Medicare cuts will impact hospital admissions and access for fragile COPD patient population . . . Read More


June 8, 2016

Medicare Says DME Bidding Hasn't Hurt Beneficiary Health

Paying durable medical equipment suppliers at lower rates based on competitive bidding isn't causing an uptick in deaths, emergency room visits or otherwise negatively impacting beneficiary health, the CMS said June 7 . . . Read More


June 8, 2016

Respiratory Care Leaders Urge Support for Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act as July 1 Cuts Loom

New OIG report finds troubling flaws in DMEPOS competitive bidding program; Underscores need for legislation to slow down Medicare cuts . . . Read More


May 31, 2016

CQRC: Slow Down Bid Program

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care says the findings of a recent Office of Inspector General report further demonstrate the need to slow down the national rollout of Medicare’s competitive bidding program . . . Read More


May 27, 2016

DME Groups Urge Congress to Delay New Payment Rates

Durable medical equipment suppliers are urging top congressional leaders to pass legislation that would postpone lower Medicare reimbursement rates set to take effect July 1 . . . Read More


May 27, 2016

Respiratory Care Leaders: OIG Report Signals Fundamental Flaws in DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program

Council for Quality Respiratory Care Calls for Legislation to Allow for Extended Phase-In of Medicare Cuts to Ensure Competitive Billing Program Pricing Does Not Jeopardize High Quality Patient Care . . . Read More


May 26, 2016

National Groups Send Letters to Congressional Leaders Urging Passage of PADME Act

A group of national and state associations sent a letter to Congressional leaders today urging passage of the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2016 (S.2736 and H.R. 5210), bipartisan legislation that would ensure continued patient access to vital health care technology . . . Read More


May 19, 2016

Medicare Claim of Success in DME Bid Program Disputed

Supplier groups disputed the Medicare agency's claim that its monitoring of durable medical equipment shows that its competitive bidding program is working successfully for suppliers and beneficiaries . . . Read More


May 18, 2016

CMS: Lower Pay For DME In Non-Competitively Bid Areas 'More Than Adequate'

CMS says monitoring data show the first round of cuts to durable medical equipment suppliers in rural and non-competitively bid areas isn't hurting beneficiaries' access to DME even as suppliers are pushing lawmakers to halt the second round of cuts scheduled to go into effect in July . . . Read More


May 18, 2016

CQRC Cautions More Time and Data Are Needed to Assess Full Patient Access Impact of Medicare Cuts to DMEPOS

Home respiratory therapy leaders question usefulness of limited data released by CMS and continue to support legislative reforms to extend phase-in of cuts to ensure delivery of quality care . . . Read More


May 13, 2016

CQRC Endorses PADME Act

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC)—a coalition of the nation’s home oxygen therapy providers and manufacturing companies who together provide in-home patient services and respiratory equipment to the majority of Medicare’s one million beneficiaries who rely upon home oxygen therapy . . . Read More


May 12, 2016

CQRC Applauds Introduction of Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home oxygen therapy provider and manufacturing companies who together provide in-home patient services and respiratory equipment to the majority of Medicare’s one million beneficiaries who rely upon home oxygen therapy . . . Read More


April 26, 2016

Slow Down Medicare Cuts to Home Oxygen Therapy

For those of us with the fortune of good health, the oxygen we breathe is easy to take for granted. It’s all around us, available when we’re asleep and when we’re awake. Simply take a breath and it’s there – traveling through our lungs, oxygenating our blood, and fueling every cell in our bodies. . . . Read More


April 20, 2016

Slow Down Medicare Home Respiratory Therapy Cuts

It’s not often that a health care provider can say they offer one of the essential elements required for life. But that’s exactly what home respiratory therapy providers offer the more than 1 million Medicare beneficiaries who rely on our services and equipment for home oxygen therapy . . . Read More


January 7, 2016

Home Respiratory Therapy Suppliers Laud CMS for Taking an Important First Step Toward Fixing the Broken Medicare Claims Audit Process

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in taking a critical first step toward bringing predictability and consistency to the Medicare audit process . . . Read More


January 7, 2015

CQRC Raises Concerns about Medicare Payment Cut

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) expressed concern today as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implements a dramatic rate cut for home respiratory therapy items and services . . . Read More


December 9, 2015

CQRC Strongly Supports H.R. 4185 that Would Provide Critical Relief to Home Respiratory Therapy Suppliers

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) applauds Reps. Tom Price (R-­‐GA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-­‐IL) for introducing H.R. 4185, “Protecting Access through Competitive-­‐pricing Transition Act of 2015.” . . . Read More


November 19, 2015

CQRC Strongly Supports S. 2312 that Would Provide Critical Relief to Home Respiratory Therapy Suppliers

he Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) applauds Sens. John Thune (R-­‐SD), Heidi Heitkamp (D-­‐ND), Pat Roberts (R-­‐KS), Angus King (I-­‐ME), and Mike Crapo (R-­‐ID) for introducing S. 2312, “DME Access and Stabilization Act of 2015.” . . . Read More




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