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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.

HHS OIG Unveils 2017 Work Plan

The plan includes 10 DMEPOS-related investigations, including reports on nebulizers, power wheelchairs, and PAP therapy devices.

Industry Dives Into Lame Duck Push

As the 114th Congress returns for its last session, the industry doubles-down on reforming bid expansion in hopes of rural relief.

Industry Calls for Lame Duck Action

AAHomecare urged providers to lobby their lawmakers to back rural relief. Concentrated effort will focus on next week.

Medtrade 2016 Energizes Industry

Legislative and advocacy events, official recognition of HME Woman of the Year and a visit from Rep. Price highlight annual event.

Will 2016 Election Reset the Board for HME?

Election of President elect Trump and a Republican-dominated Congress could see a industry-related policies repealed.

Editor's Note

2016's Last Best Shot

HME will push the 114th one last time for rural bid relief. Can we make a lame duck fly?

CMS Final Rule Covers Key Bidding Elements

New rule bases bid ceilings on 2015 unadjusted fee schedule; lowers surety bond to $50K per CBA bid.

More Medicare Patients Paying Up Front

In a 'no-win scenario,' beneficiaries wind up paying out of pocket for needed HME while some providers file non-assigned claims.

VIDEO: NRRTS Hosts CRT ‘Online Town Hall’ on Oct. 27

Effort designed to help providers push for CRT legislation during 'lame duck' session of Congress; NCART will provide a legislative update. UPDATE: Video replay now available.

DMEPOS Access Down After Bidding

GAO report shows number of DMEPOS beneficiaries covered by bidding declined after Round Two implementation.

Study: Competitive Bidding Unsustainable

AAHomecare-backed research shows Medicare reimbursement rates for HME cover only 88% of overall costs for businesses providing equipment and relates services.

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