Legislative


August Advocacy Boosts Industry Bills

Binding bids bill picks up 8 co-sponsors; audit reform bill adds 7 backers.

CMS: Uninsured Patients on Decline

Health spending report projects uninsured to be in half by 2023, but spending growth remains below 4%.

GAO Investigation: CMS Provided Insufficient Audit Oversight

Agency created a situation that quickly spiraled out of control; industry pushes AIR Act.

Observation Deck

CMS + HME (should) = Collegiality

Somewhere dissent and bickering with CMS became the order of the day and it has cost our industry dearly. It is time for a change. Policy administrators and the HME industry need to act as colleagues.

MED Group Slates Fly-in

Sept. 9-10 lobbying effort will support audit reform, binding bids bill.

AAHomecare: “Keep the Pressure on”

Industry urges providers to lobby hard on behalf of bidding, audit bills during congressional recess.

Baird Presenting ‘Competitive Bidding Survival’ Webinar

As Round Two re-bid approaches, Aug. 20 webinar shows non-contract providers how they can still do business.

Audit, Binding Bids Bills Continue Momentum

Industry legislative efforts pick up more co-sponsors as industry intensifies lobbying during recess.



AAHomecare Board Adds Brightree CEO

Cormack to bring his IT expertise to collaborative group with varied industry backgrounds.

Editor's Note

Your August Marching Orders

Providers work in an incredibly busy environment that is made even more complex by bad Medicare policies. However, providers must carve out time in August to battle those policies.

competitive bidding fight

Legislative Update

New Ideas

The fight against competitive bidding has been a difficult one, and after several efforts to repeal or replace the program it's becoming increasingly clear that the current strategy isn't working. Now the industry has a new bill that fixes a critical flaw with the program: suicide bids. Better yet, unlike past efforts, this legislation has a solid chance of passing as a standalone bill.

Brightree Joins AAHomecare; Assists With Audits

Software maker signs up at corporate partner; will serve as IT lead on HME Audit Key service

Patients Back ‘Save My Medical Supplies’

Campaign has generated 5,500 consumer letters to Congress calling for reforms to bad DMEPOS policies.

Audit and Binding Bids Bills Gain More Ground

H.R. 5083 reaches 8 co-sponsors and H.R. 4920 now at 24 backers as industry approaches prime lobbying opportunity.

Bids, Audits Bills Up; MPP Bill Hovers

Recently released binding bids and audit reform bills gain sponsors while MPP sits at 180.

AAHomecare Launches Audit Reform Site

FixMedicareAudits.org will provide online nexus for advocates looking to help reform of Medicare’s audit program.

CMS Announces Round Two Re-compete

Agency will announce bidding schedule for Round Two and National Mail-Order in fall; bidding begins winter 2015.

Binding Bids Bill Boasts 18 Backers

H.R. 4920 approaches prime summer lobbying opportunity with solid support, but more needed.

CMS Proposes Rule on Taking Bidding National

After February advanced notice, CMS releases proposed rule, soliciting comments.

Legislation to Fix Audits Unveiled

Bill introduced by Reps. Ellmers and Barrow boosts transparency, rewards low error rates.

Webcasts

No Weak Links: How Providers Can Forge an Unbreakable Supply Chain
FREE event sponsored by McKesson

Your Audit Action Plan
The latest developments in CMS’s Medicare claims audit program and how you should respond.
FREE event sponsored by Brightree

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