Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Cost and Utilization Survey

From Lisa Wasdin, UHMS

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Cost and Utilization Survey

Please complete and return both pages of this survey via fax (703-269-5501) by SEPTEMBER 13, 2006 . Contact Ushma Patel at 703-269-5720 with questions. Thank you for your help!


TO: UHMS Members

From: Sue De Santis, RRT, MBA
Executive Director, HOTA/AACWM

Date: August 24, 2006

Topic: Lewin Survey in Response to CMS Proposed Payment Rates for CY 2007 (SURVEY FORM ABOVE)

The CMS Proposed Rule for Calendar Year (CY) 2007 have been published. The following link is provided for your review of the data. Our rate is proposed at $98.02 per thirty (30) minute increment. http://tinyurl.com/jbqzy

The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (Association) division of the American Association for Wound Care Management has engaged the Lewin Group again this year to query the methodology utilized by CMS in the calculation of the payment rate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. With the assistance of the Lewin Group, we have been able to replicate a payment rate of ~ $115. per 30 minutes when costs are specifically related to hyperbaric oxygen departments.

We are attempting to establish replication of this data for three consecutive years to evaluate a fair and consistent methodology utilized by CMS now and in the future. We are, therefore, requesting that you provide the attached survey to your Hospital Administrator for completion by September 13, 2006. Our past experience helps us understand that the form requires approximately ten (10) minutes for completion. This is little time for long- term gain and understanding of a fair calculation method.

We appreciate your assistance in the very important endeavor as overall outpatient payment rates for hospitals are declining and we are making every effort to assist the hospitals by securing our specific payment calculations.

If any questions arise from your Administration, please feel free to contact me at desantissue@yahoo.com and please include a phone number and contact person.