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Going the Distance Against Bidding

GAO: Non-Bid Areas Didn’t See Patient Access Problems in 2016

GAO conflicts with various studies, including those involving case managers and discharge planners, as well as CMS’s recently proposed rulemaking.

AAHomecare, VGM Help Providers with ESRD Comments

Groups give providers information, templates and filing guidelines so that they make the Sept. 10 filing deadline for public comments on CMS's proposed rule.

87% of Providers Have Cut Provisioning Manual CRT Accessories

New report: the application of bid-derived reimbursement cuts to accessories has reduced providers’ ability to offer those items.

AAHomecare Releases Public Comments on ESRD Rule

Association catalogs a number of ways CMS can improve DMEPOS policies; urges more providers, stakeholders to submit comments.

VGM Launches Map Tool for Finding Reimbursement Lines

Following CMS's proposed plan for addressing lapses in bid contracts, the online map helps suppliers easily determine where competitive bidding areas begin and end.

Study Shows Cost of Deliveries to Providers

As industry engages lawmakers during August recess, new data helps them show the true costs of providing HME.

Former HHS Secretary Heckler Passes Away

Current HHS head Azar recognized Margaret Heckler for her work in identifying the disparities in American healthcare.

Study: Not Investing in HME Costs CMS ‘Significantly’ More

Leitten Medicare Cost Shift study details how repeated cuts to DMEPOS reimbursement are sending patients back to the hospital and costing Medicare Part A as a result.

Forbes Covers CMS’s Bid Reforms

Economic researcher Wayne Winegarden notes bidding’s savings haven’t been sustainable and poor methodologies have caused access problems.



Industry Dives into August Advocacy Push

Congressional recess gives HME stakeholders a prime opportunity to discuss changes to CMS’s proposed ESRD rule, as well as broader bidding reforms.

AAHomecare Adds New Board Members

Scott Maughan of Alpine Home Medical and Josh Marx of Medical Service Company will help steer the industry’s national association.

VGM Weighs Pros and Cons of ESRD/DMEPOS Proposed Rule

Highlights from VGM's analysis of the competitive bidding and oxygen elements of CMS's proposed rule leave questions regarding how much the changes will actually help HME providers.

Letter from W.Va. Lawmakers to CMS Details Access Problems

Providers work with Congressional Representatives from state to emphasize to Administrator Verma that patients are encountering access issues.

AAHomecare Crafting Reply to ESRD/DMEPOS Proposed Rule

Association calling on providers to submit comments; says documenting negative impacts will help shape final rule.

VGM Video Explains ESRD Rule

Organization’s Higley and Brecher untangles details of CMS’s proposed changes for competitive bidding.

AAHomecare: ESRD Rule Needs Work

Association president outlines where CMS’s proposed changes to bidding help HME and where they fall short.

CMS Proposes Several Competitive Bidding Changes

The changes include a new ‘lead item’ rule, and a new method for setting single payment amounts, as well as rural relief and oxygen reimbursement changes.

VGM Revs up for ‘August of Action’

VGM helps members prepare for August advocacy effort that will concentrate on several regulatory and policy objectives.

VGM Studying Delivery Costs

VGM Government Relations is calling on providers to participate in a survey of delivery costs in order to generate information that will reinforce industry’s case on Capitol Hill.

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