Paulsen, Eshoo pleased with CMS move not to finalize prosthetics rule

U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) applauded the recent decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) not to finalize its draft rule on prosthetics.

“The decision by CMS to forgo implementing this proposed rule means access to life-improving prosthetics will be protected for countless Americans,” Paulsen and Eshoo said in a joint statement. “Clearly, concerns raised by patients, doctors and other stakeholders were heard loud and clear, and we applaud the agency on their thoughtful decision. It’s encouraging that the agency will also form a working group that includes representatives from patient advocacy groups and physicians to ensure that those most affected by future proposals will have a voice in the decision-making process.”

Paulsen and Eshoo wrote to CMS in early September to raise concerns that finalizing the proposed rule would restrict access to quality prosthetic care, would suppress important medical innovations and would impose a one-size-fits-all approach to patients.

Paulsen and Eshoo co-chair the House Medical Technology Caucus.