AAHomecare, VGM Help Providers with ESRD Comments

Groups give providers information, templates and filing guidelines so that they make the Sept. 10 filing deadline.

The American Association for Homecare and VGM Government relations have published various resources to help providers file public comments on CMS’s recently proposed ESRD rule by the Sept. 10 deadline.

CMS released its proposed rule in mid-July, which includes various competitive bidding changes such as lead item pricing. The consensus among industry advocates was that the proposed rule was a good start, but needed changes, hence the need for public comments to be submitted.

So far, VGM reports 98 comments have been submitted, but the organization urged providers to file public comments en masse.

“Let’s really show CMS the importance of regulation changes by blowing them away with a strong response from the DME industry,” a statement from VGM read. “Keep it specific to your state and locality.”

To help providers with their comments, VGM has released a set of template letters that are broken down into policy areas. Providers can copy and paste the sections that are applicable to them to generate their letters. 

AAHomecare shared its full comments, which it submitted Aug. 20, as well as a summary of its comments to give providers some guidelines on top-line concerns.

Once providers have prepaed their comments are ready to file, they visit regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2018-0079-0002, click “comment now” and then follow the steps for submitting their comments. The deadline to file is 11:59 pm, Mon., Sept. 10

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David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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