Legislative


Industry Keeps up Fight Against Bid Expansion

As Jan. 1 expansion date approaches, providers and associations advance legislation to reform CMS’s plan.

Healthcare Spending Grew 5.3% in 2014

Consumer out-of-pocket health spending ticked up 1.3% for the year, according to annual national health expenditure report.

CRT Legislation Making Progress

NCART calls on providers to continue their advocacy push to help protect CRT from bid expansion.

Bid Expansion Legislation Launched in Senate

S. 2312, the DME Access and Stabilization Act, would decrease expansion's impact on rural providers by altering pricing, timeline.

N.D. Lawmaker Helps Back Bid Expansion Reform

Sen. Heitkamp joins Sen. Thune as original co-sponsor of nascent legislation that would fix many of the flaws in CMS’s national expansion of competitive bidding.

Providers Urged to Help Drive CRT Legislation

House and Senate bills to protect CRT accessories from competitive bidding need more co-sponsors.

Medicare Moves to Limit Lymphedema Compression Coverage

Providers urged to call on Congress members to convince CMS to reverse policy that will limiti funding of lymphedema pumps, which goes into effect Dec. 1.

NCART: More CRT Bill Co-Sponsors Needed

Association says House, Senate champions need providers to convince more lawmakers to back H.R. 3229, S. 2196.



House Letter Asks for Rural Provider Relief

Lawmakers have until Nov. 16 to sign Rep. Tipton’s letter to Ways and Means leaders that calls attention to consequences of bid expansion.

How National Expansion Will Work

CMS will expand competitive bidding nationally starting Jan 1, but do you understand how it plans to implement that rollout?

Editor's Note

CMS's CRT End Run

Did CMS try to pull a fast one with complex rehab technology when it comes to the national competitive bidding expansion?

Life After the Removal of the First-Month Purchase Option

After almost five years since mobility providers saw the removal of the first-month purchase option, how are power mobility providers doing?

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Business Solutions

The Tip of the Spear

As CMS prepares for the nationwide expansion of competitive bidding, mobility providers find themselves at the tip of the spear. In addition to taking massive reimbursement cuts, CMS is using the opportunity to go after complex rehab — again. How can providers protect their businesses, as well as beneficiary access to medical equipment?

AAHomecare: ‘This Bill Is Coming’

Association details efforts behind evolving legislation that would fix CMS’s competitive bidding expansion at Medtrade Washington Update.

AAHomecare Honors Industry Advocates

Association recognizes Tarts of Family Medical Supply as 2015 Homecare Champions at Stand Up for Homecare.

Bill to Protect CRT Accessories Launched in Senate

Companion to H.R. 3229, S. 2196 aims to protect CRT accessories from bid expansion and ensure patient access.

AAHomecare Prepares for Standup for Homecare

National association invites providers, industry stakeholders to support annual advocacy event.

HHS OIG Repeats Itself: Medicaid Should Implement Bidding

Office’s latest report recommends either CMS apply Medicare bid pricing to Medicaid programs, and Medicaids implement their own bid programs.

WAMES Awards Home Care Medical Directors

Donna Smith and Jim Spellman honored for their efforts on behalf of the Wisconsin association and the industry.

CMS Releases Rural Zip Codes for Bid Expansion

Sixty-four percent of the areas outside of Round One and Two CBAs will be classified as rural.

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