Legislative


Observation Deck

Committing to the Cause

As a committed homecare provider, you have worked for many years to form the relationships that are required to encourage grass-roots political action. The next step is to make the ask. Here are four key action steps you can take to help the industry effort:

Providers Must Comply by New HIPAA Rules

HITECH Act requirements to strengthen patient privacy reach their compliance date.

H.R. 1717 Hits 156 Co-Sponsors

Three lawmakers join ranks of backers in the House for the MPP bill.

Medicare Spending Growth Slowed to 4.6% in 2012

$579.9 billion spent last year; previous year saw 6.2% growth; 2015-to-2022 period to see 7.4%.

HHS OIG Kicks Off Bidding Investigation

Announced in late August, OIG begins inquiry into unlicensed Round Two bidders.

MPP Bill Up to 153 Backers

H.R. 1717 gains just three co-sponsors on first count after recess; more expected.

Diabetic, Sleep Patients Could Suffer Through September

AAHomecare: Expect deluge of bidding-related complaints from patients unable to get supplies.

VIDEO: Rep. Thompson Slams Bidding on House Floor

Lawmaker labels NCB ‘anything but competitive’ and negatively impacting seniors.



CMS Delays Face-to-Face Yet Again

Oct. 1 deadline pushed back into 2014; much coordination with referrals yet remains.

MPP Push Continues as Congressional Recess Ends

Legislative break has offered HME advocates ample opportunity advance H.R. 1717.

Competitive Bidding Fight

Industry Trends

The Competitive Bidding Fight Goes into Extra Innings

The fight to stop national competitive bidding has gone into extra innings — and then some. With Round Two reaching implementation and bringing the program to near national coverage, providers are still fighting to stop the program while they contend with its impact. How are they faring from a business and advocacy standpoint?

Editor's Note

Going the Distance

Observation Deck

Ensuring a 'Sure Thing' Stays Sure

CMS’s proposed rule asking for comments on the reclassification of 80 HCPCS codes from the inexpensive or routinely purchased payment category to the capped rental category threatens the viability and success of complex rehab.

Being the Squeaky Wheel

Providers must stay in constant communication with their legislators. Here are some handy tips.

PAMS, Providers Hold Press Conference

Advocates work to inform media, public about perils of NCB.

HHS OIG to Investigate Competitive Bidding

Investigators will scrutinize CMS’s awarding of contracts to bidders that didn’t meet state requirements.

Tom Ryan Takes AAHomecare Leadership Spot

N.Y. provider and HME advocate becomes association's president, CEO.

Observation Deck

Stopping the CMS Juggernaut

The CMS steamroller will run over patients as it crushes providers. Is that what it's going to take to get Congress to understand the real cost of this poorly considered and implemented program?

CMS Proposes Capped Rental Rule for DME

Far-reaching rule would move various DME over $150 allowable to capped rental

AAHomecare, AMEPA Merge

AMEPA marks second national association folded into AAHomecare this year.

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