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Latest HMEB Podcast: The Washington Legislative Conference

A bonus episode of the HME Business Podcast interviews a variety of industry advocates from Capitol Hill to convey what is AAHomecare’s most substantial agenda to date, as well as captures the urgency of the event.

AAHomecare Awards Stockert with Mal Mixon Legislative Advocate Award

Association lauds Barb Stockert’s long-running work on behalf of providers at the national and state level, with involvement not just with AAHomecare, but statement associations, as well.

Industry Hits Capitol Hill with Full Agenda

AAHomecare facilitates in-person meetings between lawmakers and industry advocates in Washington, D.C.; coordinates virtual fly-in for providers to remotely assist lobbying push.

Congressional Letters Call for Vent Relief

Providers urged to help collect lawmakers’ signatures for House and soon-to-debut Senate sign-on letters asking CMS and HHS to pull back from including non-invasive vents in competitive bidding.

VGM Opens Heartland Conference to Non-Members

For the first time ever, VGM’s June 10-12 event is open to all providers; kicks off with special four-hour session on Round 2021.

Industry Gets Ready for DC Meetings

Providers prepare for next week’s Washington Legislative Conference; May 22-23 ‘virtual fly-in’ slated for those who can’t attend event.

Medtrade Extends Presentation Call to May 23

Extra seven days offered to speakers to submit their presentations on a variety of topics for Oct 21-23 event in Atlanta.

Bidding, Oxygen Reform Bill Hits House

New legislation would provide permanent rural and non-bid area relief and eliminate the oxygen budget neutrality requirement.

UHC: No Change in Sleep Reimbursement Policies

A CPAP code was incorrectly added to an earlier policy update; AAHomecare seeking clarification on reprocessing any denied claims.

CMS Call to Cover Prior Auth., Round 2021

May 15 Open Door Forum will address CMS’s addition of 12 more items to prior authorization, as well as the next round of completive bidding.



CMS Unveils Round 2021 Timeline

Registration starts June 10 and the bid window opens on July 16 for the next iteration of the competitive bidding program, which includes significant changes such as lead item pricing and bid surety bonds.

Operation Brace Yourself Notches First Sentencing

Georgia DME CEO sentenced to more than three years plus fines and restitution for involvement in history-making Medicare fraud.

Manual CRT Bill Launched in Senate

Companion to H.R. 2293 would exclude manual CRT wheelchairs from competitive bidding and suspend bidding-derived pricing on accessories for those chairs for 18 months.

CMS to Host Round 2021 Webinars

CMS series of three webinars will cover various topics related to Round 2021 during May.

CMS Solidifies Dates for Expanded Prior Authorization

Prior authorization for most new codes added to the program goes into effect on July 21, with PA for the remainder to going into effect on Oct. 21.

VGM Group Buys HME News Owner

HME member service group buys United Publications, which produces HME News, as well as other business publications and events in the HME and security industries.

Competitive Bidding Summit Slated for June 5

Nashville event will give attendees deeper understanding of Round 2021, and especially how to bid under lead item pricing.

Special Edition of HMEB Podcast Explores Ways to Expand Resupply

For episode 007, Two resupply experts explain how providers can apply lessons learned in sleep therapy to resupply programs in categories such as incontinence, diabetic supply and enteral nutrition.

iLevel Hits 25,000 Users

With broad consumer use of the seat elevation system, and funding from an expanding spectrum of payers, Quantum Rehab works to convince Medicare that it too must fund the technology.

Maker of Unique Compression Tech Scores $1.8M NIH Grant

Recovery Force will use the grant to complete development of a new DVT prevention and recovery device and begin testing on patients.

PurWell Takes Gold at Medtrade Spring

Other two winners of the Providers’ Choice Awards include easy-to-change bed linens and a heated blanket.

Medtrade Spring Enjoys an Upswing

Annual industry conference and expo sees double-digit growth in the number of HME providers attending the show.

Round 2021: Do You Understand Lead Item Pricing?

CBIC, AAHomecare, industry experts all emphasize the need for providers to start using lead item pricing calculators and educate themselves on the pricing method well before Round 2021 bidding begins.

Oklahoma Poised to Exempt HME from Sales Tax

Ongoing advocacy work by OMEPA results in both chambers approving H.B. 1262, which would free HME items from the Sooner State’s sizable sales tax; Governor poised to approve.

New Bill Protects Manual CRT Devices from Bidding

House lawmakers re-introduce language that would exempt manual complex rehab chairs from bid program and also protect accessories for those chairs.

Podcast with Sunil Krishnan and Fadi Haddad

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