Today, eleven member groups of the Patient Access to Community Treatment (PACT) Coalition – an alliance of patient advocacy organizations, provider groups, caregivers, and health care distributors committed to ensuring patients have access to quality, affordable, community-based care – sent a letter of support for H.R. 1920, bipartisan legislation protecting access to community-based healthcare authored by Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI-6), Gene Green (D-TX-29), John Shimkus (R-IL-15), Diana DeGette (D-CO-1), Pat Tiberi (R-OH-12), and Ron Kind (D-WI-3).
H.R. 1920 would exclude “prompt pay” discounts from manufacturers to wholesalers as part of the average sales price (ASP) used to calculate reimbursement to Medicare Part B physicians. Under current law, the inclusion of these discounts, which are not passed along to the physician, in Medicare’s payment formula artificially lowers reimbursement rates for Part B treatments. Providers who are unable to absorb this reimbursement cut are increasingly closing or selling their practices, threatening patient access to cost-effective, high quality care.
The letter of support reads in part, “We are writing in support of H.R. 1920 because we believe it will help patients access care in their communities by stabilizing Part B reimbursement. We must protect community-based providers and ensure they remain viable to ensure patient access. Doing so will lower costs for taxpayers and patients.”
The letter was signed by the Alliance for the Adoption of Innovations in Medicine (Aimed Alliance), AmerisourceBergen, Caregiver Action Network, Community Oncology Alliance (COA), Healthcare Distribution Alliance, ION Solutions, Patients Rising, Prevent Cancer Foundation, RetireSafe, The US Oncology Network, and Us TOO Prostate Cancer Support, Education, Advocacy.
Read the full letter of support HERE.