AIR Act Regains Momentum

Bill to reform CMS’s out-of-control audit program adds more congressional co-sponsors.

Industry efforts to support legislation that would reform CMS’s audit program have picked up much-needed momentum.

After no adding co-sponsors since mid September, H.R. 5083, known as the Audit Improvement and Reform Act (aka, the AIR Act), gained eight new congressional backers, bringing the total number of lawmakers officially supporting the legislation to 44.

The bill was introduced into the House by Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.) in orderto address key problems with Medicare’s unchecked audit system by boosting transparency within the program; providing better education and outreach; and rewarding suppliers that have low error rates on audited claims.

The new backers of the AIR Act are:

  • Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich)
  • Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.)
  • Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.)
  • Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.)
  • Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I.)
  • Rep. David P. Joyce (R-Ohio)
  • Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.)
  • Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.)

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David Kopf is the Publisher HME Business, DME Pharmacy and Mobility Management magazines. He was Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy from 2008 to 2023. Follow him on LinkedIn at and on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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