Legislative


AAHomecare Maintains MPP Fight

Association aims for including language in SGR legislation; Rep. Price continues working on H.R. 1717.

Observation Deck

CMS's Unfair Capped Rental Decision

Why were bone growth stimulators the one item CMS decided not to move from the “inexpensive and routinely purchased” category and into the “capped rental” category?

HMEB, RSM Launch RT Survey

Respiratory professionals urged to complete the 2014 edition of our annual study.

HME 2014 Preview

2014 Preview

Big Ten

The seventh installment of our annual forecast of key trends, obstacles and opportunities facing the HME provider industry shows that the coming year is one fi lled with challenges, but also chances for providers to reinvigorate their revenues. We examine what’s in store for the next 12 months and how providers should prepare.

Editor's Note

Upgrading to HME 2.0

CMS's efforts to force competitive bidding on healthcare are about as effective — and error-prone — as installing a the wrong operating system on a computer. Now that Round Two has exposed all the bugs to light, can providers find a feasible work-around?

Face-to-Face

Business Solutions

The Face-to-Face Countdown

The rollout of CMS's face-to-face requirement has been a non-stop series of delayed dates and constant confusion over what those dates actually mean. Now providers are not only wondering how they can convince legions of referral partners to comply, but what exactly is required and when. We talk to the experts to shed some light on the situation.

Observation Deck

A Washington Agenda for 2014

Key issues facing providers and patients this year, and the opportunities to address them on Capitol Hill. A look back at what transpired in 2013 might help assess the opportunities and threats for the New YEar.

H.R. 1717 Notches Two Additional Backers

Continued lobbying brings MPP bill’s co-sponsors to 164 in remaining days of 2013; industry efforts enjoy renewed vigor.



Observation Deck

A Washington Agenda for 2014

As 2013 draws to a close, the past 12 months certainly presented the industry with its share of challenges, from competitive bidding to audits to Medicaid; however, opportunities should exist in 2014 to improve the landscape and improve outcomes.

CRT Stakeholders to Elevate Capped-Rental Discussion

As CMS’s final rule flies in the face of previous Congressional language, industry determines where to target advocacy efforts.

Two More Lawmakers Back MPP Bill

H.R. 1717 enjoys a continued up-tick in momentum with 162 lawmakers now co-sponsoring the bill.

Senate Offers Industry Rare Support

Members of Senate Finance Committee aim to amend ‘doc fix’ with amendments designed to rein in competitive bidding.

Shirvinsky Steps Down from PAMS

Executive director of Pennsylvania association leaves after seven years at the helm.

CMS Finalizes Capped-Rental DME Reclassifications

CMS final rule reclassifies as capped rental a range of DME items previously in the 'routinely purchased' category, many items industry defines as complex rehab technology.

CMS Face-to-Face Clarification Sends Providers Scrambling

CMS says enforcement for face-to-face requirement was delayed, but not for 'detailed written order prior to delivery.'

Two More Lawmakers Support H.R. 1717

Bill to replace bidding with MPP recaptures some moment; at 160 backers now.

Case Managers Describe Bidding Woes to Congressional Staff

Hospital, rehab center workers catalog competitive bidding problems’ impact on patients and their facilities.

H.R. 1717 Nabs Another Backer

Persistent efforts by Colorado provider bring bill’s co-sponsors to 158.

Round Two PMD Provider Availability Plummets

Providers cite insufficient reimbursement for refusing contracts; even availability for repairs declines.

CMS Slates Special Open Door for Nov. 15

Call will cover streamlined access to PECOS, EHR, and NPPES MLN Conencts.

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