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Taking ICD-10 Action

Healthcare Spending to Grow 5.8% During 2014-2024

Latest CMS report shows per capita health spending increases at historically low rate.

Medicare, Medicaid Celebrate Golden Anniversary

Fiftieth anniversary events include June 29 panel discussion with HHS Secretary and other speakers, as well as various local and national events.

Diabetes Patients in Round One Saw Decreased Access to Supplies

Study: reports patients in Round One of bidding saw disrupted access to supplies; coincided with increased number of hospitalizations, deaths.

Mont. Providers Urged to Attend SBA Hearings

July 21, 23 forums will give local HME providers an opportunity to publicly voice their concerns regarding audits, competitive bidding expansion.

AAHomecare, CMS Meet on CRT Rates

Association staff, members sit down with CMS Deputy Administrator to discuss expansion of single payment amounts to complex rehab accessories in January 2016.

Providers Urged to Lobby Against Bid Expansion

AAHomecare calls on providers to reach out to lawmakers starting next week during Congressional recess to nix 2016 expansion of competitive bidding rates to rural areas.

AAHomecare Brings on Manager of Government Affairs.

With 12 years’ experience in industry, Plauché will leverage industry, advocacy experience in newly created role.



CMS Pays $1.3 Billion to Settle Hospital Claims

CMS settles with 1,900 on audited claims stuck in OMHA. AAHomecare asks, ‘Is there anything in sight for DMEPOS?’

Senate Finance Committee Passes Audit Reform

Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act aims to add transparency, oversight to audits and appeals process.

CBIC Reminds Bidders to Get State Licensure

Providers submitting bids for Round Two recompete must meet all state licensing requirements.

AAHomecare Delays Medicaid Cuts

Association secures push-back of HME cuts contained in the 21st Century Cures Bill; offers prior-authorization as a pay-for.

Letizia Sworn in as AAHomecare Chair

Lifelong provider professional takes up association’s reins as Steedley ends term; aims to continue industry’s success with incremental advocacy approach.

Lawmakers, Industry Laud Mixon

Rep. Tiberi presents retiring Invacare head with eponymous Lifetime Achievement Award from AAHomecare; House Speaker Rep. Boehner, Sen. Portman also offer their praise.

Rep. Blackburn Introduces Prior Authorization Bill

Tenn. lawmaker’s legislation would require CMS program to establish a program for higher cost DME similar to the power mobility demonstration project.

AAHomecare’s Steedley Touts MPP at Ways and Means Hearing

Association’s outgoing chairman outlines to the Subcommittee on Health the various flaws of competitive bidding and how the MPP can fix them.

Washington Legislative Conference Just Around the Corner

Next week’s event gives providers an opportunity to lobby lawmakers and their staffs on behalf of various industry legislative initiatives.

AAHomecare’s Steedley to Testify at Ways and Means Hearing

Chairman will wrap up his influential term leading the association's board by explaining to the Subcomittee on Health why the MPP is a better alternative to competitive bidding.

MHPA Taps Moore to Lead Policy Team

HHS appointee will oversee policy, advocacy and research staff for national trade association for Medicaid plans.

Mixon Poised to Receive Advocacy Award

Rep. Tiberi will present Invacare’s Mal Mixon with AAHomecare’s Legislative Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award at Washington Legislative Conference.

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