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AAHomecare Adds Administrative Associate

Lindsay Mudd brings range of skills, experience to national HME industry association.

Average Audit Appeal Processing Time Surges to 714 Days

AAHomcare analysis shows a whopping 2122% increase in DMEPOS-related audit appeals over past 8 years.

CMS Releases 2017 Round One Re-Compete Timetable

Notably, the length of contracts for 2017 edition of Round One is two years, rather than three.

Rep. Price: Bidding Must Be Fixed by Year’s End

Lawmaker and HME industry champion tells GAMES members that all providers must fight unsustainable program.

Providers Back CRT Protection

AAHomecare members urge lawmakers to add their names Senate sign-on letter asking CMS to rescind bidding-derived cuts to rehab chair accessories.

Editor's Note

Taking ICD-10 Action

The most pertinent of those requirements today should be ICD-10, but many providers still don’t know what it is. Fortunately, there's help.

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.

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