Coming Bidding Reform Legislation Includes Key Provision

Bill would prohibit CMS from using payment amounts from pervious bids as the ceiling for future bids.

AAHomecare Commissions Study of Provider Costs

Association contracts with consulting firm to definitively study costs associated with providing HME and related services

Legislation to Head Off July 1 Cuts Coming Into Shape

AAHomecare explains to Medtrade Spring attendees the strategy being developed to fight continued rollout of national bidding expansion.

CMS Slates Next Open Door Forum

March 9 home health, hospice and DME call will focus mainly on home health and hospice issues.

Editor's Note

More of a Bad Thing

The President's proposed 2017 budget doubles down on the wrong ideas.

Newspaper Covers ‘Disastrous’ Effects of Bid Expansion

The Southeast Missourian profiles the impact of CMS's bid expansion rollout on patients and providers.

AAHomecare to Detail Legislative, Regulatory Priorities

National HME association will outline its key advocacy objectives for the year at Medtrade Spring’s Washington Update.

Audit Key Extends Entry Deadline

Providers have until Feb. 26 to enter their fourth quarter audit data into the industry audit-tracking site.

House Speaker Meets with Wis. Providers

House Speaker Ryan discusses DME challenges with VGM staff, Mercy Health System, other state providers.

Proposed Federal Budget Impacts HME

President’s 2017 request includes broadening of competitive bidding, repeal of oxygen rental cap, other provisions.

Industry Memorializes CRT Advocate

Long-time CRT supporter Finn Bullers passes away due to complications from an illness.

NCART Hosting Free Legislative Webinar

Feb. 9 online conference will outline 2016 advocacy, legislative plan to protect CRT access.

Editor's Note

Repeal the Device Tax

A new law just put the excise tax on a two-year hiatus. The industry should work to see it extended even further.

CMS Won’t Implement CRT Accessories Price Fix Until July 1

Despite PAMPA’s passage on Jan. 1, CMS says it cannot implement correct fees until summer, at which point providers can submit adjustments.

Stakeholders Advocate Freezing Expansion at ‘Phase-in’ Rates

Plan outlined by various organizations would lobby for bid expansion's reimbursement stay at the current 50-50 rates slated to expire at July 1.

HME Spending Drops to 1.25% of Medicare Outlays

AAHomecare: While Medicare spending has skyrocketed since 2000, HME spending growth has remained flat.

TayCar to Manage ATHOMES

Association management service adds Tennessee to its list of state-level HME associations that it helps organize.

Audit Key Goes Live

Providers urged to register for program that is collecting the hard data that will help make a strong case for reforming CMS’s audit program.

AAHomecare: Bi-Partisan Support Needed for Bidding Reforms

Industry association highlights the need for industry advocates to drive Democratic support for legislation that would protect rural providers from national bidding expasion.

Pride Promotes Legislative Expert Johnson

Pride Mobility promotes industry veteran Seth Johnson to senior vice president of government affairs.

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