PITCH In (Promote Infusion Therapy Coverage at Home)
About PITCH In
What does PITCH stand for?
PITCH stands for Promote Infusion Therapy Coverage at Home. It represents the need for the home infusion community to work together to ensure Medicare beneficiaries have access to infusion therapy in their homes not just in physician's offices, hospitals, and other institutional settings. The time in Washington has never been better to achieve final enactment of the Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act. As members of the home infusion community working to improve patient outcomes, you can play a role in advancing Medicare reform by contributing to PITCH In.
Why was this effort started?
NHIA is leading the battle to achieve final enactment of the Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act and continues to dedicate considerable resources into lobbying Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to promote the value of home infusion therapy so that lawmakers will act to change the Medicare program. However, the resource-intensive effort to drive legislation through Congress requires additional lobbying expenditures. The Association has enlisted additional government affairs support and is utilizing a health care analytics firm to help make our case that Medicare coverage of home infusion will benefit beneficiaries and represent a cost savings for the Medicare program.
At the same time NHIA is defending against changes that could occur with respect to drug reimbursement under the Medicare Part B Durable Medical Equipment (DME) benefit. There is a real danger that the savings gained from a change to the Average Sales Price (ASP) reimbursement methodology could be incorporated into Medicare legislation other than the Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act and be directed to pay for another program that will not benefit home infusion therapy patients.
"We are close, but your support is needed."
Hear Congressman Engel (D-NY), sponsor of this legislation and a long-time, strong supporter of home infusion, speak at a recent Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing on Capitol Hill.
The time in Washington has never been better to achieve final enactment of the Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act. Whether you are a provider of home infusion therapy, a patient or a supplier to the field, you have a keen interest in making sure Medicare beneficiaries can receive infusion therapy in the home setting. Medicare coverage of home infusion therapy will positively impact patients and the field long-term. Consider making a contribution to NHIA in support of the accelerated legislative battle now underway.
How can I contribute?
Contributions of any size will be accepted and well spent on this timely effort in making this long overdue change to Medicare. Download the contribution form and join other advocates who are making a difference in helping to pass the Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act. NHIA will recognize donors* using print or electronic vehicles.
*Contributions to this campaign are not tax deductible for income tax purposes. Donors may choose to be anonymous or recognized by NHIA.