August 29, 2014
BY ELECTRONIC DELIVERY
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Re: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies [CMS–1614–P]
Dear Administrator Tavenner:
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) proposed rule regarding payment policies under the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment published in the Federal Register on July 11, 2014 (the “Proposed Rule”).1 BIO represents more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, state biotechnology centers, academic institutions, and related organizations both in the United States and abroad. BIO members are critical contributors to the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial, and environmental biotechnology products.