Legislative


CMS CURES Guidance Raises Additional Concerns

Language of last week’s direction from CMS causes uncertainty over CMS's rate-setting methodology.

CMS Instructs DME MACs on CURES Reimbursement

CMS outlines how DME MAC contractors are to begin implementing retroactive reimbursement per the law; process should begin in May.

CMS Delays Competitive Bidding Round 2019

A week after announcing major bid program overhaul that would have merged all rounds, including the mail-order competition, into a single round, CMS puts the plan back under wraps.

AAHomecare: TRICARE Must Fall in Line with CURES Act

Association calls on military insurance program to reprocess 2H 2016 HME claims per CURES-mandated reimbursement adjustments.

CMS Consolidates All Bid Areas Into Single Round

Agency moves to merge Rounds One and Two, as well the mail order competition, into a single competitive bid it calls Round 2019.

States, AAHomecare Study Response to Bid Pricing for Medicaid

Component of recently approved CURES Act limits Federal portion of Medicaid spending to competitive bidding prices for affected DME items, starting 2018.

AAHomecare Outlines 2017 Advocacy Agenda

Association leader Tom Ryan outlines the various legislative items the organization has begun to focus on in the New Year.

Q4 Audit Survey Starts Jan. 16

HME Audit Key program urges providers to submit their audit data for Q4 2016; program helps industry better understand audits and advocate reforms.



Standup for Homecare Tickets Now on Sale

Semi-annual AAHomecare event, slated for Medtrade Spring, benefits industry advocacy efforts.

CMS Releases More Details on CURES Act Implementation

CMS provides update on additional six-month delay of bid expansion pricing, other elements of newly approved law.

Rep. Grothman Visits Graham-Field

Wisconsin Republican visits HME manufacturer’s Badger State manufacturing facility for tour and Q&A session.

Editor's Note:

HME’s Next Chapter?

The coming year will bring an entirely new political landscape for the industry. I'm not sure how it'll unfold, but it has to be better than the last few years.

Key trends building the HME industry

Business Solutions

Taking Shape

Every January, we project 10 key market, product, technology, reimbursement, regulatory, legislative, or patient care trends that will impact providers over the next 12 months. This year brings competitive bidding’s continued impact, audits, providers’ continued efforts to diversify and even reinvent their businesses, and more.

Observation Deck

Independence Day for DME

As the 115th Congress begins and the inauguration approaches, one thing is clear: Congress and the President-elect will address regulations hurting DME.

Pres. Obama Signs CURES Act

Legislation that incorporates rural bidding relief and CRT provisions becomes law; AAHomecare highlights need for permanent bidding fix.

U.S. Health Spending Up 5.8%

Per-capita healthcare expenditures grow 5%, according to CMS’s 2015 national health expenditures study. The pace of spending growth was generally down from pervious years.

Senate Passes CURES Act

Pres. Obama is expected to approve legislation, which provides rural bid relief; AAHomecare head Ryan addresses debate over a key pay-for provision.

House Passes Cures Bill

The 21st Century Cures Act provides six months of retroactive relief for rural providers suffering from national bid expansion.

NCAMES Morphs Into ACMESA

North Carolina HME association grows to also represent Virginia; becomes Atlantic Coast Medical Equipment Services Association.

Trump Names Rep. Price as HHS Secretary

President elect also taps healthcare policy consultant Verma as CMS administrator.

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