Legislative


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.

Two More Lawmakers Back MPP Bill

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

Shirvinsky Steps Down from PAMS

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

Senate Offers Industry Rare Support

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

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.

Round One Grandfathering Deadline Approaching

Providers have fewer than two weeks to notify Round One patients whether or not they are grandfathering.

CMS Slates Special Open Door for Nov. 15

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

CMS Announces Contract Suppliers for Round One Recompete

CBIC releases full list; announcement follows Oct. 1 release of Round One recompete bid rates.

Organizations Catalog Bidding Casualties

AAHomecare, People for Quality Care collect and share examples of more than 2,000 patient access problems.

NHIC Describes CERT Errors on Wheelchair Claims

Sample claims are said to be representative of the most commonly seen mistakes.

Industry Newsmaker

Mr. Ryan Goes to Washington

Homecare Concepts’ Tom Ryan has a history of advocating for the industry. Now he’s leading it.

AAHomecare: ‘We Are Going to Win’

Industry association calls on Medtrade attendees to join organization, fight for H.R. 1717.

HME Prayer Breakfast Slated for Oct. 9

HME Christian Fellowship to host its 3rd annual breakfast.

Landauer Metropolitan Files Chapter 11

DME provider continues to operate in nine states, still taking patients.

H.R. 1717 Now at 157 Co-Sponsors

Industry advocates continue to call for MPP bill support but shutdown could hamper efforts.

New Bidding Reform Bills

How far have you worked to support H.R. 284 and S.148?





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