Legislative


People: Todd Tyson Presented with Legislative Award

AAHomecare recognizes DME president with 2014 Legislative Advocate Award for advocacy leadership.

Lawmakers Backing H.R. 1717 Grows to 175

Bidding replacement bill adds four more lawmakers in opening weeks of May.

Health Spending for Elderly Lowest of all Age Groups

CMS report shows growth in per capita healthcare spending for elderly was just 4.1 percent from 2002 to 2010,

North Carolina Lawmaker to Sponsor Audit Repair Bill

Rep. Ellmers steps up to spearhead legislation that would rein-in, repair CMS’s dysfunctional audit program.

AAHomecare Developing Audit Tracking System

Association launches effort to track and measure how Medicare audits are impacting HME providers.

Senators Ask CMS to Wait on Bid Expansion

Letter to Administrator Tavenner calls on agency to wait for HHS OIG to complete its Round Two investigation.

Competitive Bidding and Audits

AAHomecare Triple Play

CMS's Competitive Bidding and Audits Change Up

In this new department of HME Business, we interview The American Association for Homecare's experts to get their insights on important legislative, policy, regulatory and industry advocacy developments.

2014 Oxygen Market Survey

2014 Oxygen Market Survey

Life Under Round Two

Respondents to our sixth annual Oxygen Market Survey try to find the bright spots living under Round Two of competitive bidding.



CMS’s Wilson to Keynote Washington Conference

Chronic Care Policy Director will give attendees an inside look at agency’s current thinking.

Various Groups Fight Bidding Expansion

Patient, clinicians, trade groups oppose proposal to take competitive bidding national.

Inaccurate Claim Denials Overturned

VGM effort to collect inappropriate denials for OMHA meeting pays off for providers.

Just How Complex, Costly Are Medicare Orders?

AAHomecare infographic illustrates the high costs associated with Medicare DME transactions.

Bidding Threat to Medicaid Bigger than Initially Feared

Expanding bidding cuts to Medicaid rates will result in reimbursement lower than Medicare.

: 82 Lawmakers Sign Thomson-Braley Letter

Letter from Congress members opposing CMS’s proposed bidding rules is sent to CMS Administrator Tavenner.

AAHomecare Makes Ready for Washington Conference

Annual HME lobbying event slated for May 7-8 at Omni Shoreham hotel.

CMS Plans to Expand PMD Prior Authorization Demo

April 4 Federal Register includes preliminary information about expanding the demonstration project to 12 additional states.

Congress’s SGR Patch Nixes Anti-Bidding Provisions

Short-term fix to physician reimbursement omits bidding amendments, but doesn’t include DMEPOS cuts.

MAMES Wraps Spring Convention

Event enjoys increased attendance, Mobilis Inc.’s Brabec recognized with 2014 Above and Beyond Award.

VGM Bidding Expansion Survey: ‘Harmful’

Effort gathers 854 completed public comment surveys and delivers them to CMS.

Editor's Note

Hopping Out of CMS's Pot

What one amphibian’s dinnertime dilemma can demonstrate to the HME industry, which is feeling CMS constantly turn up the regulatory heat.

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