Legislative


Industry Confusion over Face-to-Face Remains

AAHomecare letters seek clarification from CMS’s General Counsel on various points.

Industry Asks for Capped Rental Delay

Round One Re-compete and Round Two reimbursement add layer of complexity, confusion to implementation.

Medicaid Bidding Proposal Re-Surfaces

AAHomecare fights suggested legislation that would see competitive bidding rates applied to Medicaid in order to cover ‘doc fix’ costs.

Industry to OMHA: Audit Process Is Broken

AAHomecare’s Ryan tells OMHA’s Griswold that ALJ delay has put providers in ‘crisis mode’ and a fix is needed fast.

Video: HMEs Comment on OMHA Meeting

VGM members share their thoughts on Appellant Forum proceedings, two-year ALJ delay.

CMS Briefs Ways & Means on Bidding

Despite short notice state leaders call on allied lawmakers to ask top CMS officials hard questions.

Observation Deck

Flirting with Disaster

OMHA’s decision to delay assigning ALJs to audit appeals for up to more than 24 months does far more damage than holding recouped reimbursement in limbo. Even a cursory investigation of the latest developments make it patently clear that these delays may put more Medicare providers out of business than any other issue facing healthcare companies today.

Another Representative Backs MPP

Rep. Gabbard pushes H.R. 1717 co-sponsor tally to 169 lawmakers.



AAHomecare Makes Ready for ALJ-Delay Meeting

Feb. 12 discussion will address OMHA’s two-year delay on assigning judges to audit appeals.

NCAMES Reschedules Winter Meeting

Snows move date of North Carolina association to Feb. 10-11.

H.R. 1717 Gains Two More Co-Sponsors

Addition bring support for MPP bill to 168 lawmakers.

Medicare Touts ACO Initiative

Savings driven by Medicare and Pioneer ACOs top $380M in first 12 months.

VIDEO: Boston TV Station Investigates Bidding

CBS affiliate helps open general public’s eyes to patient, provider difficulties with program.

Video: Texas Mobility Patients Vent Frustration

Customers of Dallas provider describe how Medicare policies negatively impact their access to care.

Medicare to Pay for Repairs to Scooter Store PMDs

CMS says it plans to pay for repairs performed on or after Oct. 24 2013.

PCORI Gains Communications Director

Slutsky, PA, MSPH will lead $43 million program to research most effective patient-care communications methods.

Many Providers Frozen by CMS’s ALJ Appeal Delay

Fallout from decision to not assign a judge to new audit appeals for two years felt across healthcare.

Two More Lawmakers Back MPP Bill

California and Pennsylvania lawmakers push H.R. 1717 co-sponsorship to 166 supporters.

CMS Release Jan. 22 Open Door Agenda

DME discussion will include fiscal year 2015 reporting cycle data collection requirements.

Medicare Cuts Hurting Home Health Jobs

New report shows sector lost 3,700 jobs due to 14% cut to HHPPS.

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