August 1, 2007

Help Win Medicare Coverage for Antimicrobial

A bill in Congress would guarantee Medicare beneficiaries’ access to home infusion of antibiotics and other drugs by requiring Medicare to cover the related services. The bill, the Medicare Home Infusion Therapy Coverage Act of 2007 (H.R. 2567), introduced by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), supports one of IDSA’s long-standing legislative priorities.

In 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA), which directed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to cover home infusion drugs under the new prescription drug benefit. Unfortunately, the legislation did not require CMS to cover the services related to the provision of infusions at home, including pharmacy services, physician services, supplies, and equipment.  This decision means that most Medicare beneficiaries still do not have access to infusion drugs, including antimicrobials, in the home setting.

IDSA needs your help to educate Congress about why home infusion services should be covered. Please visit IDSA’s online home infusions therapy resources at for more information about H.R. 2567 and to contact your members of Congress.

Also, if you treat Medicare patients who would like to share their experiences of how Medicare’s lack of coverage for home infusion therapy services has limited their treatment options and otherwise disadvantaged them, please have them contact Jason Scull of IDSA’s Clinical Affairs staff at or (703) 299-5146.

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