Legislative


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.

Melissa Cross to Receive First Ever Van Miller Homecare Champion Award

AAHomecare will honor O.E. Meyer vice president as first recipient of new award at Standup for Homecare, during Medtrade.

HME Woman of the Year Finalists Named

Four women selected from 37 candidates for inaugural award program; winner to be announced Nov. 1 at Medtrade.



Bidding Fight Shifts to Lame Duck Strategy

AAHomecare, advocates focus legislative efforts on Congressional session beginning after November elections.

Third Audit Key Survey Opens October 15

Providers urged to add their audit data to help demonstrate audit program’s burdensome nature.

Observation Deck

Bidding's Ripple Effect

Competitive bidding-derived rates are reverberating across more payers.

Future of HME

Business Solutions

Paving HME's Path

Each fall we turn to the members of HMEB's editorial advisory board to gain their insights into the trends, obstacles, challenges and opportunities that providers should consider as they shape their business strategies for the next several months. This year, many of the board members are telling us that the future will likely be what providers make of it.

Editor's Note

Reaching Critical Mass

Has the industry finally hit the point where it simply can't deal with Medicare?

Las Vegas Review-Journal Calls for Rural Relief

Industry’s media outreach efforts to reform bid expansion continue to have increased high-profile payoff in the headlines.

Congress Leaves Hill with Bid Reform Unresolved

As lawmakers focus on election season, national bid expansion continues to impact rural providers, patients; HME advocates set sights on lame duck session.

Audit Denials Increased 6% from Q4 2015 to Q2 2016

Latest HME Audit Key report shows increase audit activity; AAHomecare urges providers to share their data.

Industry Outreach Extending to Lawmakers, Media

HME advocates work to communicate need for bidding reform on both Capitol Hill, as well as with various news outlets.

AAHomecare Calls for Case Manager Stories

Association is collecting accounts from discharge planners, case managers, social workers on patients’ difficulties getting DME.

Major Hospital Slams Bidding in Comments to CMS

University of California Health System urges CMS to re-evaluate program’s impact, claiming it has seen significant problems obtaining DME.

AAHomecare Conference Call Urges Rural Bid Reforms

Call focused at news media included various HME providers who detailed impact of bid expansion’s impact on their businesses.

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